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Enlightened AidU.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia$
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Amanda Kay McVety

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796915.001.0001

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The American Answer

(p.1) Introduction
Enlightened Aid

Amanda Kay McVety

Oxford University Press

In 1949, the U.S. House of Representatives opened hearings H.R. 5615, the “International Technical Cooperation Act of 1949.” While discussing the specific act, which had grown out of Truman’s inaugural address earlier that year, the Congressmen discussed the much larger question of the value of using economic and technical assistance as foreign policy tools. In the end, they voted for foreign aid and established the Point Four Program. Using Ethiopia as a test case, this book explores the consequences of that decision.

Keywords:   underdevelopment, Point Four, Harry S. Truman, Cold War, Haile Selassie, foreign aid, Ethiopia

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