Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Election

  • 1952 and 1956
  • Republican
  • 1952- Eisenhower vs Stevenson
  • 442 to 89 Electoral votes
  • 1956- Eisenhower vs Stevenson rematch
  • 457 to 73 Electoral Votes

Cold War

  • Political Hostility between countries characterized by threats short of open warfare
  • 1955- Warsaw Pact
  • 1956- Suez Crisis
  • 1957- Sputnik 1 launched
  • 1958- National Defense Education Act
  • 1960- U-2 Incident

Joseph McCarthy

  • Sen. Joesph McCarthy McCarthyism rises
  • Extreme Communism opposition
  • Questioned potential communists
  • Investigated government departments

Eisenhower and desegregation in the South

  • Little Rock Crisis- Black students prevented entering school
  • - Armed troops blocked school
  • -Eisenhower controlled situation
  • -Black students enrolled
  • Brown vs Board of Education- Segregated schools unconstitutional
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott- protest segregated public transport
  • Civil Rights Act of 1957- Voting Rights Bill

Republicanism Policies

  • "Modern Republicanism"
  • Conservative Ideals
  • Anti-Communism
  • Eisenhower Doctrine
  • Loyalty Program
  • Interstate Highway Act of 1956

Beginning of the Vietnam War

1954- Eisenhower's "Domino Effect" Theory

1955- Diem president of Republic of Vietnam

1956- U.S. training South Vietnamese

1957- Communist insurgency in South Vietnam

Space Race with the Soviets

1957- Sputnik 1 Launched

1958- Explorer 1 Launched

1959- Luna 2 hits moon