Dwight D. Eisenhower

1890-1969

The Beginning

  • Elected in the Election of 1952
  • Ran against Adlai Stevenson who was a Democrat
  • Employed a campaign to earn respect from women voters
  • Respect as a war hero helped him significantly
  • Against Korean War
  • Against Communism
  • Checkers Speech - ensured voters that campaign funds wont be mistreated
  • Dwight won majorly over Adlai
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Continued

  • Election of 1956
  • Runners were same as before (Eisenhower and Aldai)
  • Eisenhowers' health decreased his chances at winning
  • Television came into use with presidential tours
  • Election won by Eisenhower once again

Policy of Republicans

  • Eisenhower was a mix between liberalism and conservatism
  • against socialism
  • no illegal immigration
  • Less indian reservations
  • Interstate Highway Act of 1956 - $27 bil to build 42k worth of highway

Cold War

  • Focus was on preventing communism from growing
  • US and NATO allied against Soviets
  • Trouble in US with government spending due to Cold War
  • John Foster Dulles - the secretary of state who introduced Eisenhower's new policy of Brinkmanship
  • Wanting to push Soviet Union into War
  • Battle of Dien Bien Phu - defeat of the French to communist forces which cause division of Vietnam
  • Help arrived from US to South Vietnam


  • Space Race - race between Vietnam and US to reach the moon first due to existing rivalry


  • Fidel Castro - new communist leader who took over Cuba
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy - claimed that 200 individuals in the US government were communist with no real evidence.
  • McCarthyism was born along the Second Red Scare
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The South

  • Segregation laws were not working in the south
  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas - court case that stated segregation was unconstitutional
  • Rosa Parks - A huge contributor to how we live today due to her refusing to give up her seat to a white man
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott - in response to Rosa Parks incident which led to boycott for riding buses all together
  • Civil Rights Act of 1957 - gave African Americans the right to vote which helped determine the result of the Brown v. Board ruling
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Vietnam and Beyond Earth

  • France lost territory to communist force
  • North and South Vietnam
  • US aided South Vietnam
  • Reasons for US joining due to supposed communist expansion


  • US and Soviet rivalry to space
  • Sputnik launched by USSR
  • NASA made and devoted to space exploration
  • 1969 - Neil and Buzz touchdown on moon