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Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia

Amanda Kay McVety


In his 1949 inaugural address, Harry Truman vowed to make the development of the underdeveloped world a central part of America’s national security agenda. This commitment became policy the following year with the creation of Point Four—the first U.S. aid program to the developing world. Point Four technicians taught classes on public health and irrigation, distributed chickens and vaccines, and helped build schools and water treatment facilities. They did all of it in the name of development, believing that economic progress would lead to social and political progress, which, in turn, would e ... More

Keywords: Point Four, United States, Ethiopia, development, foreign aid, foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199796915
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Kay McVety, author
Miami University, Ohio