April 3

President Harry S. Truman signs into law the European Recovery Program (known as the Marshall Plan)

April 3, 1948

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  • Lesson 2: The Strategy of Containment, 1947–1948
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: The Strategy of Containment, 1947–1948

    The unwillingness of the Soviet Union to allow the creation of independent and democratic states in Eastern Europe, and the failure of East and West to reach a compromise on Germany, left many Americans puzzled. Why were the Soviets acting as they did? Moreover, how should the United States respond? This lesson will consider containment through the use of original documents, mostly from the Truman Presidential Library. They will study what it meant in theory, and then examine the first two major instances of its application—the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

Edward Everett Hale, abolitionist & short story writer, born

April 3, 1822

Susan B. Anthony asks, “Is it a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote”?

April 3, 1873

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Dr. Martin Luther King delivers last speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop"

April 3, 1968

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