Barry Machado Kicks Off New Legacy Series Sequence at Marshall

Scholar and author Dr. Barry Machado will discuss “New Light on the Origins of the Marshall Plan” on Feb. 22 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation in Lexington.

Barry Machado taught courses in U.S. military, political, diplomatic and business history at Washington and Lee Univ. for 34 years until his retirement in 2005. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern Univ., he is the author of several books about post-World War II, including In Search of a Usable Past: The Marshall Plan and Postwar Reconstruction Today and a contributor to several books about the Marshall Plan and the Cold War.

Reservations are required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to reservations@marshallfoundation.org. Seating will be first come, first served. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

Visitors are invited to see the new special exhibition, “Hope for Those Who Need It,” that is on display in the Lower Gallery.

Barry Machado will share important discoveries he made while researching his new book on Marshall, The Education of an American Statesman.  His insights shed light on Secretary Marshall’s central role in the inception of the European Recovery Program (ERP) as well as the creation of an Atlantic partnership and community, all of which constituted a revolution in America’s foreign policy after World War II.

Dr. Machado will probe the origins and evolution of the major ideas and novel policies in Marshall’s statecraft. He will identify in the process long-standing oversights that have characterized writings on Marshall, revealing those key parts of the historical Marshall that have been either missing or indistinct in earlier accounts. He aims to give a fuller account of what made Secretary Marshall tick from 1947 until 1949.

This sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series explores how the idea for the Marshall Plan developed as an alternative to the harsh terms included in the peace treaty following World War I, how the Marshall Plan evolved from an idea that Marshall proposed in a speech into a fully functioning economic recovery program, and the important role that Marshall played in ensuring the success of the plan bearing his name.

The Marshall Plan sequence is being presented in part with sponsorship from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy during a four-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.