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Churchill, Truman and Stalin at Potsdam by Yevgeny Khaldei / Gelatin silver print, 1945 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution |  John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower by George Tames / Gelatin silver print, 1961 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames / © The New York Times /George Tames

The Presidency and the Cold War

July 1, 2006 - February 24, 2008

In 1835, a perceptive French visitor to America, Alexis de Tocqueville, detected a "secret design of Providence" that would someday position Russia and America as rivals for world mastery.  IN the second half of hte twentieth century, Tocqueville's vision came true.  From the end of World War II, the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a global struggle that pitted democracy and capitalism against Communism.

  • The Presidency and the Cold War

    View of "The Presidency and the Cold War." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • The Presidency and the Cold War

    View of "The Presidency and the Cold War." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • The Presidency and the Cold War

    View of "The Presidency and the Cold War." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • The Presidency and the Cold War

    View of "The Presidency and the Cold War." Photo by Mark Gulezian.