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Cry, the Beloved Country Historical Context

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Historical Context

Post-World War II

Though World War II had been over for several years, the war was still in the minds of people all over the globe in 1948. The economies of nations directly involved in the war were still recovering and the United States Congress voted for the implementation of the 1947 Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union and the United States were beginning what Bernard Baruch, advisor to President Truman, called the "Cold War." The first action of this war began where World War II ended. Soviet forces blockaded access to Berlin on June 24. 1948. In a nonviolent act to ignore the blockade, the United States and Britain countered with a great airlift of 4.500 tons of food and necessities per day until the Soviets allowed normal transit to return on September 30. 1949. At home, this "cold war" fueled political suspicion by the formation of the "Un-American Activities...

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