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Reading the Marshall Plan Speech | A Primary Source Close Read w/ BRI

Reflecting on the recent 75th anniversary of V-J Day, Kirk and Tony break down
the Marshall Plan Speech from 1947 to understand the inception of the U.S.
program that would provide a war-torn Europe with more than $13 billion in
aid. What were the political and humanitarian arguments that Secretary of
State Marshall used to persuade Americans to support his plan? And what
parts of the speech foreshadowed how America's role in the world would change?