Lexington, VA (PRWEB) June 3, 2010
Secretary of State George C. Marshall delivered an address at Harvard Univ. on June 5, 1947 that changed the world. Known now as the Marshall Plan speech, his remarks cast an invitation to Europe to participate in the program that led to economic recovery following World War II.
Go to the George C. Marshall Foundation web site at http://www.marshallfoundation.org to see a unique presentation of photographs of post-War Europe sequenced with the actual audio of Secretary Marshall's address.
The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, has been called the most effective foreign aid program in history. It forms a basis of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "soft power" concept of foreign diplomacy.
Sixteen nations, including Germany, received nearly $13 billion in aid, which initially resulted in shipments of food, staples, fuel and machinery from the United States and later resulted in investment in industrial capacity in Europe.
From 1948 through 1952 European economies grew at an unprecedented rate. Trade relations led to the formation of the North Atlantic alliance. Economic prosperity led by coal and steel industries helped to shaped what we know now as the European Union.
The George C. Marshall Foundation preserves, protects and promotes the legacy of George C. Marshall, who as Army chief of staff was the strategist behind the Allies' victory in WWII and as secretary of state was the architect of Marshall Plan assistance.