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The Development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

This collection focuses on the creation of and United States participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The collection includes 107 documents totaling 418 pages covering the years 1948 through 1952. Supporting materials include photographs, oral history transcripts, a guide to archival materials, a chronology of events and other links.

Truman signing North Atlantic Treaty document, July 25, 1949.

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Background

1949

  • January 20: Truman is inaugurated as President of the United States. In his inaugural address, he outlines a "program for peace and freedom" which includes four major points: 1. Unfaltering support for the United Nations. 2. A continuation of programs, especially the Marshall Plan, that will create world economic recovery. 3. The creation of collective defense arrangements, and especially one for the North Atlantic region (which would become NATO). 4. A program of technical assistance for underdeveloped areas (which would become the Point Four program).
  • March 18: The text of the proposed North Atlantic Treaty is made public