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   After World War II (1945-1958)

Westminster College Gymnasium
We approached global conflict in new ways.

Westminster College Gymnasium
Fulton, Missouri

   The Westminster College Gymnasium looks like many other school basketball courts, but important history was made here! On the evening of March 5, 1946, Sir Winston Churchill stood at a podium in this gym before an audience of 2,800 and delivered his famous speech, Sinews of Peace. Churchill said that a "Cold War" had begun, and that existing policies of the Soviet Union were a threat to the West. He said, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

   Churchill pleaded for a strong United Nations and a firm British-American alliance. The speech became the basis of the Truman Doctrine in 1947. America would begin to use some new ways to stop communist aggression, such as giving military and economic aid to friendly nations.

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