Great Leaders of the Twentieth Century

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Dwight Eisenhower


As supreme commander, Dwight Eisenhower led Allied forces to victory in Europe during World War II, but as president he was more transformational. In many ways, President Eisenhower created the modern America: The interstate highway system fueled the suburbanization of the 1950s and ’60s; the creation of various defense agencies and NASA led to the technological revolution of the 1980s and ’90s; and the desegregation of the military and public schools were key steps toward civil rights for African-Americans. Though Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union were high, Eisenhower’s time in office was largely peaceful and prosperous. He ran for president promising to end the war in Korea and left office warning of the growth and might of the military-industrial complex.



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