Eisenhower

By: Ashrith Reddy

Elections

  • Election of 1952
  • Ran with Richard Nixon
  • Democrat opponent was Adlai E. Stevenson
  • Used television for publicity
  • Eisenhower had 33,936,234 votes compared to Stevenson with 27,314,992 votes.
  • 442 -89 electoral votes


  • Election of 1956
  • Similar to Election of 1952
  • Eisenhower was in very poor health
  • Ran against Adlai Stevenson (Democrat) again
  • Won both by landslides.

Cold War

The Cold War: A period of non violent hostility between nations which took 40 years and involved competitions and threats.



  • 1959,Fidel Castro overthrew the American supported Cuban government
  • American U-2 spy plane shot down in Russia in 1960
  • Lebanon asking for aid for communist threat.

Joseph McCarthy

  • Senator accused Dean Acheson of employing 205 communist members.
  • Removed from the Senate after attacked the US army
  • Gained public support
  • Suspicion and paranoia in the air

Segregation in South



  • Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in the "White only" section of a bus
  • Led to the Montgomery Bus boycott.
  • Brown v. Board of Education segregation was unequal
  • criticized by many


  • Faubus, governor of Arkansas, attempted to prevent enrollment of childrenat Little Rock's Central High School
  • Eisenhower sent federal troops in order to escort nine black students
  • Civil Rights Act of 1957 set up a Civil rights comission to protect and investigate violations of civil rights.

Eisenhowers Policies

  • Usually liberal but conservative with economic policies.
  • Sent a million illegal immigrants back to Mexico(Operation Wetback)
  • State control over oil rigs offshore

Vietnam War

  • North Vs. South/ Communits Ho Chi Minh vs. democracy leader Ngo Dinh Diem
  • French Garrison Dienbienphu gets trapped
  • US aids South Vietnam t combat communists.

Space Race

  • Soviet first to launch Sputnik on October 4, 1957, a satellite into space
  • Competition between USSR and USA to go into space
  • National Defense and Education Act (NDEA) is created to increase education.
  • Eisenhower creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).