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Dwight Eisenhower

United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany. 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)


Richard Nixon

Vice President under Eisenhower and 37th President of the United States. resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1974 (1913-1994)


modern Republicanism

President Eisenhower's views. Claiming he was liberal toward people but conservative about spending money, he helped balance the federal budget and lower taxes without destroying existing social programs.


Oveta Culp Hobby

Director of the Women's Army Corps during World War II; she held the rank of colonel and later became the second woman cabinet member, serving as secretary of health, education, and welfare.


soil-bank program

paid farmers to non use land, goal: decrease farm production to increase cost/income


Highway Act

was enacted on June 29, 1956, when a hospitalized Dwight D. Eisenhower signed this bill into law. Appropriating $25 billion for the construction of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) of interstate highways over a 10-year period, it was the largest public works project in American history to that point.


interstate highway system

Ike backed the interstate highway act of 1956, a $27 billion plan to build forty-two thousand miles of sleek, fast motorways.


John Foster Dulles

United States diplomat who (as Secretary of State) pursued a policy of opposition to the USSR by providing aid to American allies (1888-1959)



The principle of not backing down in a crisis, even if it meant taking the country to the brink of war. Policy of both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. during the Cold War.


massive retaliation

Eisenhower's policy; it advocated the full use of American nuclear weapons to counteract even a Soviet ground attack in Europe


Third World

Term applied to a group of developing countries who professed nonalignment during the Cold War.



a theocratic islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia. It was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil; involved in state-sponsored terrorism


covert action

undercover intervention in foreign government by the CIA during Eisenhower's presidency.



a peninsula of southeastern Asia that includes Myanmar and Cambodia and Laos and Malaysia and Thailand and Vietnam


Geneva Conference

A conference between many countries that agreed to end hostilities and restore peace in French Indochina and Vietnam.


Ho Chi Minh

Vietnamese communist statesman who fought the Japanese in World War II and the French until 1954 and South vietnam until 1975 (1890-1969)



a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the non-communist armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States


domino theory

the political theory that if one nation comes under Communist control then neighboring nations will also come under Communist control


Southeast Asia Treaty Organization

an international organization for collective defense to block further communist gains is Southeast Asia - 1954


Suez Canal Crisis

Ike prevents war between Egypt, Israel and Britain over the nationalizing of this thing by condemning his allies (1956)


Eisenhower Doctrine

policy of the US that it would defend the middle east against attack by any communist country


Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Organization of oil-producing nations who cut off oil to the US for supporting Israel


spirit of Geneva

USSR and US conferring on peace in 1955, couldn't agree on demilitarization or Open Skies but suspended nuclear tests


open-skies crises

The Soviets rejected this proposal for open aerial photography by the opposing nation in order to eliminate surprise nuclear attack.


Nikita Khrushchev

ruled the USSR from 1958-1964; lessened government control of soviet citizens; seeked peaceful coexistence with the West instead of confrontation


peaceful coexistence

the two sides in the Cold War decide to cooperate in such areas as space, trade, education, and science


Hungarian revolt

1956 - Hungary tried to overthrow the Communist government, partly encouraged by the U.S. The rebellion was quickly crushed.


Warsaw Pact

treaty signed in 1945 that formed an alliance of the Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain; USSR, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania



The world's first space satellite. This meant the Soviet Union had a missile powerful enough to reach the US.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

an independent agency of the United States government responsible for aviation and spaceflight