Key Personality: Harry Truman

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Truman is a Key Personality for:
US Foreign Policy, 1945 - 1972

  • Early Career:
    What was Truman's first political post in 1934? What position was he offered in 1944? Why did he become President in 1945?
  • Truman as President:
    What kind of leader was Truman? Was he a responsible leader? What message did he keep on his desk?
  • Truman at War:
    Who did Truman meet at Potsdam in July 1945? What did he demand from Japan? What was their reply? What reasons did Truman give for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
  • Truman and the Soviets:
    Why did the relationship between the US and the USSR deteriorate after World War II? What was Truman's policy of containment? What was the Truman Doctrine and what did it mean for US foreign policy? What was the aim of the Marshall Plan? How successful was it?
  • Truman and Europe:
    How did Truman respond to the Berlin Crisis? Was he successful? Why did Truman set up NATO in 1948?
  • Truman's Domestic Program:
    What was Truman's relationship with Congress like before 1948? What happened that year to change that? What was the Fair Deal? What were Truman's domestic aims? How did he contribute to the civil rights movement?
  • Last Years as President:
    Why did Truman send US troops to Korea? What was the situation there when his term was up? Why didn't he run again? What was his relationship with McCarthyism? Who succeeded him as President?

The big three of the Potsdam Conference: Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin.
The Chicago Daily Tribune got the result of the 1948 presidential election wrong.
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