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The Truman Show

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Unique FDR Dies - Hero of WW2 - Historic Newspaper reprint

 

Clip from HBO's Truman (1995)

 

 

 

The Truman Show 1945 to 1952

 The first president without a college education in many years, President Harry S Truman was known as "average man's average man."  He had down-home authenticity, few pretensions, rock-solid probity, and the political ability called "moxie" - the ability to face difficulty with courage.

 

 

 

 

 

Harry S Truman
The
33rd President of the United States
1945–1953

The first president without a college education in many years, known as "average man's average man."  He had down-home authenticity, few pretensions, rock-solid probity, and the political ability called "moxie" - the ability to face difficulty with courage.

 

Truman's presidency was also eventful in foreign affairs, with the end of World War II and his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan

 

As a Wilsonian internationalist, Truman strongly supported the creation of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, the beginning of the Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War.

 

He used executive orders to begin desegregation of the military and to create loyalty checks which dismissed thousands of communist supporters from office, even though he strongly opposed mandatory loyalty oaths for governmental employees, a stance that led to charges that his administration was soft on communism.

 

 

 

REVIEW

Which vice presidents have become president after the death or resignation of their predecessor?

 

Based on the Presidential Succession Act of 1792, 1886, and 1947

 

Vice President

Became President

Days as President

Comments

John Tyler

Harrison died of pneumonia in 1842

1,430

Didn't run for President

Millard Fillmore

Taylor died in 1850 from illness

969

Lost nomination.

Andrew Johnson

Lincoln assassinated in 1865

1,419

Impeached; Failed to win the nomination in 1868

Chester A. Arthur

Garfield was assassinated in 1881

1,262

Garfield’s assassination leads to Pendleton Act.

Theodore Roosevelt

McKinley assassinated was in 1901

1,267

Elected to a full term. Did not run in 1908. Was defeated in 1912 as Third Party “ Bull Moose” candidate

Calvin Coolidge

Harding died of a heart attack in 1923

580

Elected to a full term. Did not run for a second term.

Harry S. Truman

Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945

1,379

Elected to a full term but did not run again.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Kennedy assassinated in 1963

425

Elected to a full term but didn't seek re-election in 1968 (This was shocking to America!!)

Gerald R. Ford

Nixon resigned in 1974

895

Lost election to Jimmy Carter in 1976

 

 

 

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