The Marshall Plan (1947)*

Who is the author (hereinafter referred to as “the author) of this document? On what occasion and where is he delivering this speech? How do you know that this college didn’t admit women in 1947? Give two reasons why the author believes it is difficult for Americans to understand the serious world situation at that time. What event has caused “the dislocation of the entire fabric of European economy?” Why can’t farmers in Europe cultivate crops and how are they adjusting? What are European cities short of? How are European nations able to get goods that are in short supply and why is this hurting their rebuilding after the war? What two reasons does the author give that the United States should assist in rebuilding the war-torn nations of Europe? Although the author believes the United States should have a role in rebuilding Europe’s economy, who or what does he believe should be involved? Refer to your book to answer this question: When the author says “governments, political parties, or groups which seek to perpetuate human misery in order to profit therefrom politically or otherwise will encounter the opposition of the United States,” what nation is he probably alluding to? Finally, do you believe it is the role of the United States today to assist other nations who are facing economic crisis? Why or why not?