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The Leader of World Peace

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Peace has always been America’s most important business and its citizens invariably obligated to lend a helping hand for their country and the free world. Americans felt this way especially after World War II, when everyone was “riding a wave of post war confidence” (Edelstein). Led by the 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, America was inspired to bring the concept to life. President Eisenhower kept America from World War III and also inspired a long lasting effort to be created, known as the People to People program, to carry on his legacy and ideas of a harmonious world. Though some may argue that Eisenhower was mostly a “hands-off” President; there is no denying that he was a great military leader who strongly envisioned the bigger picture, world peace.
Many historians and scholars will argue that President Eisenhower was one of the least effective Presidents because he did not take much action in protecting the American Civil rights. Countless people of the past and present believe that he did not use his power to its maximum capability, especially in the area of Civil Rights. “Although he signed civil rights legislation in 1957 and 1960, Eisenhower disliked having to deal with racial issues” (“American President”). American citizens felt betrayed because he did not follow through with his promises and it was as if he was trying to ignore this pressing issue. Eisenhower only acted when push came to shove and he failed to use his moral authority as President. For example, “In 1957, he did send federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, when mobs tried to block the desegregation of Central High School, but he did so because he had a constitutional obligation to uphold the law, not because he supported integration” (“American Pr...

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