Original Marshall Plan Speech

Marshall Plan Speech

Author:  George C. Marshall, Jr.
Date: June 5, 1947

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Typed pages.

Subject: Marshall Plan

The remarks by the Honorable George C. Marshall, Secretary of State, at Harvard University on June 5, 1947 delivered at 2:50 PM to a capacity crowd of 15,000 in the Harvard Yard.

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  • Page 1 – I need not tell you gentlemen that the world situation is very serious.
  • Page 2 – Recovery has been seriously retarded …
  • Page 3 – … the rehabilitation of the economic structure of Europe quite evidently will require a much longer time and greater effort than
  • had been foreseen.
  • Page 4 – The modern system of the division of labor upon which the exchange of products is based is in danger of breaking down.
  • Page 5 – Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos.
  • Page 6 – ... governments, political parties or groups which seek to perpetuate human misery in order to profit therefrom politically
  • or otherwise will encounter the opposition of the United States.
  • Page 7 – The role of this country should consist of friendly aid in the drafting of a European program and of later support of such a program so far as it may be practical for us to do so.

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