What did containment mean during the Cold War?

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When the Cold War began, the United States developed a policy called containment. This policy was designed to try to keep communism from spreading to places where communism didn’t exist. The policy was developed during Harry Truman’s presidency.

There were various ways that the policy of containment was used. The...

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When the Cold War began, the United States developed a policy called containment. This policy was designed to try to keep communism from spreading to places where communism didn’t exist. The policy was developed during Harry Truman’s presidency.

There were various ways that the policy of containment was used. The European Recovery Program gave economic aid to countries that were resisting the spread of communism. For example, we gave aid to Greece and Turkey to try to keep communism out of those countries. With our economic aid, these countries didn’t become communist.

Another way we tried to stop the spread of communism was to try to stop the military actions of communist countries. For example, when North Korea, which was communist, invaded South Korea, which was noncommunist, in 1950, we went to the United Nations to deal with this invasion. When North Korea refused to leave South Korea, the United Nations created a multinational force, led by the United States, to remove North Korea from South Korea. This force was able to remove North Korea from South Korea.

The goal of containment was to keep communism from spreading.

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