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Nuclear History: A Dramatic Address and a Long Ovation

tbteisenhowerThen President Dwight D. Eisenhower can be seen here just after delivering a dramatic address to the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City. The address was given on Dec. 8, 1953 and ended this way: “The United States pledges before you – and therefore before the world – its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma – to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to this life.”

The ovation that followed lasted a full 10 minutes. The full text of the speech can be found here.

Photo Credit: United Nations / New York; IAEA Imagebank

6 responses to “Nuclear History: A Dramatic Address and a Long Ovation

  1. Anonymous May 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    This president (A war general) truly deserves to be rcocognized as a great one – defended a great nation during testing times (Cold War) and brokered for ‘Atoms For Peace.’ Truly paved for Nuclear Energy, My heart goes out for this War Hero.

  2. djysrv May 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Curious why you couldn’t print the words “Atoms for Peace” as part of the blog post. It is the most enduring message of the speech. Just ask the Eisenhower library. https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents/atoms_for_peace.html

  3. Zack Hayman May 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Ike was not a former President in Dec. 1953; he was in his first year as president and thus spoke as such.

    • Moderator May 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      You are correct. He was president at the time he gave the address. He is former for the purposes of a caption posted in current day. We’ve adjusted the verbiage to be more clear.


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