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President Truman

The New Commander-in-Chief: Harry S Truman (Yank Magazine, 1945)

A heavily illustrated, four page article that served to answer the U.S. serviceman's questions as to who Harry S Truman (1884 1972) was and why was he deemed suitable to serve as President?

"Mr. Truman now occupies the Presidency, of course, because he won the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination in Chicago last summer. Two things won him the nomination. First was the fact that he alone was acceptable to Mr. Roosevelt and to both the conservative element of the Democratic Party and its liberal wing. The second was the excellent performance of the Truman Committee in the investigation of our government's spending money for the war-effort...One of the main themes of his campaign speeches last fall was that the U.S. should never return to isolationism."

Click here to read about President Franklin Roosevelt.


''Truman's First Ten Days'' (PM Tabloid, 1945)

The left-of-center New York daily PM examined the liberal Bonafide's of President Harry Truman and they liked what they saw.


The Further Education of Harry Truman (Collier's Magazine, 1947)

President Harry Truman (1884 1972) Came to the presidency following the death of FDR on April 12, 1945. He said of the post, "I wasn't briefed for the job, I had to learn it from the ground up"; by 1947, he was no longer "Roosevelt's stand-in, reading from a New Deal script" - he was his own man and this was becoming clearer and clearer to his critics in Washington. This article, by Frank Gervasi (1908 1990), covers Truman's earliest years in the White House, and his handling of some of the hot potatoes that landed in his lap.


Truman Decides to Defend South Korea (Quick Magazine, 1950)

"[Truman's] fateful decision to send U.S. planes and ships into the Korean fighting was made with advice of Representative Walter Judd (1898 - 1994: R., Minn.). Judd had been sharply critical of U.S. Far Eastern policy on grounds that it was opening the doorto Communism. The day after fighting started, State Department officials asked Judd's advice on procedures for helping South Korea."

Click here to read an article about the Truman Doctrine.


When President Truman Tried his Hand at ''Distributing Wealth'' (Pathfinder Magazine, 1949)

It seems like a tough nut to swallow, but 12 years before President Obama was even born - U.S. President Harry S. Truman plugged the idea of 'wealth distribution' as a portion of a piece of proposed legislation that has come to be known as the "the Fair Deal". The president's scheme was introduced to the nation in his 1949 State of the Union address, it was composed of "21 points" and the element that is discussed in the attached article involving distribution of income was called the Brannan Plan - for it was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Charles F. Brannan (1903 1992) who was its advocate. Secretary Brannan wanted the government to establish a guaranteed income for farmers, while allowing the market forces to determine the prices of agricultural products.


'Obamacare' in the Forties (Atlanta Journal, 1949, Newsweek Magazine, 1945, etc.)

"The President wanted medical, dental and hospital care for all. Doctor's fees would be paid by a Government insurance fund, financed by a 3% payroll tax, paid 50-50 by employee and employer."

(Strange that sexual reassignment surgery wasn't included...)


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