Today in History–June 19–the Library of Congress features the Marshall Plan. On this day in 1947, British and French foreign ministers invited 22 European nations to participate in designing a plan for rebuilding war-torn Europe. Two weeks earlier in a speech at Harvard University, World War II general and U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall had called for a multi-billion dollar European aid package designed to stabilize the world economy and discourage the spread of communism. Nearly every Western European nation participated in this recovery plan that became known as the Marshall Plan. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.
Text of George C. Marshall speech at Harvard University, June 5, 1947
For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan (online exhibition)
The Marshall Plan at the Mid-Mark William Averell Harriman’s photographic album