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“Defense - Space - Atomic” Speech Delivered by Iowa Senator Thomas E. Martin, 1959

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This speech, "Defense - Space - Atomic," was given by Iowa Senator Thomas E. Martin in 1959. Martin emphasized the importance of deterrence and military superiority in the ongoing struggle against communism. 

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • What type of actions does Senator Thomas E. Martin put forth as needed to win the war on communism?
  • Make a case for conflict being either avoidable or unavoidable using excerpts from Sen. Martin’s speech as evidence.