Some of President Eisenhower's key accomplishments as president include the Korean War armistice, the development of interstate highways and the Civil Rights Acts, among others. With a solid reputation as one of America's greatest military generals, he achieved significant success in times of war and peace, abroad and at home.
Known as a daunting military strategist, President Eisenhower was highly influential in bringing the Korean War to an end. During the 1952 presidential election, Eisenhower made it clear that he disapproved of the way President Truman had handled the war. Once elected, he visited Korea and witnessed the stalemated peace talks. He began to publicly hint of U.S. nuclear involvement if North and South Korea did not sign an armistice. The influence was successful, and a peace treaty was signed on July 27, 1953.
Under Eisenhower's leadership, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was enacted, providing $25 billion in funding to be designated for 41,000 miles of interstate highway development in the United States. The purpose of this legislation was to eliminate obstacles that stood in the way of efficient and safe transcontinental travel. It also provided evacuation routes in case of domestic emergencies.
President Eisenhower firmly believed that no U.S. citizen should be treated as a second-class citizen, and built a platform based on civil rights for all. He signed the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 into law, giving the U.S. Justice Department and the Civil Rights Commission the power to prosecute those who committed acts of discrimination. Voting rights and the integration of races in schools also were impacted by these laws.