Amanda Kay McVety

in Enlightened Aid

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796915
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933266 | DOI:

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In 1949, the U.S. House of Representatives opened hearings H.R. 5615, the “International Technical Cooperation Act of 1949.” While discussing the specific act, which had grown out of Truman’s inaugural address earlier that year, the Congressmen discussed the much larger question of the value of using economic and technical assistance as foreign policy tools. In the end, they voted for foreign aid and established the Point Four Program. Using Ethiopia as a test case, this book explores the consequences of that decision.

Keywords: underdevelopment; Point Four; Harry S. Truman; Cold War; Haile Selassie; foreign aid; Ethiopia

Chapter.  1551 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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