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WWII 70: Marching to Victory | February 10, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Bombing of Dresden

February 13-15, 1945

Seventy years ago, the Allied nations joined forces to defeat fascist brutality in Germany and Japan. That march to victory, however, was not without its own horror. Then as now, the bombing of Dresden exemplifies the cruelty of that cruelest of wars.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | February 1, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Yalta Conference

February 1945

70 years ago, three men mapped the end of World War II. Did they also pave the way for a Cold War?

From February 4-11, 1945, the Crimean resort town of Yalta hosted some of the most powerful men in the world. These officials did not come to Yalta for relaxation, however. In what was only their second (and last) meeting together, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin (along with other military and political figures of the “Big Three” nations) planned their final victory over the Axis powers and reached an agreement for governing Europe.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | January 23, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The Battle of the Bulge

Thursday, January 25, 1945

How did the Allied forces win the bloodiest American battle of the deadliest war in human history?

On December 16, 1944, at the beginning of a historically frigid winter, the Germans launched what would be their final major offensive of World War II. Over the course of six weeks, Allied forces thwarted the German armies’ attempts to split them. The Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest battle for American forces on the Western Front during WWII – 20,000 Americans were killed in this battle; tens of thousands more were wounded, missing, or captured. Despite these great losses, the Battle of the Bulge ended with an Allied victory 70 years ago today.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

TRU Education | December 8, 2014

Today’s children. Tomorrow’s leaders.

“How will your actions affect our national debt?”

“Will the Marshall Plan apply to Korea if it is destroyed in this action?”

“How will you prevent the spread of communism elsewhere in the world while you are engaged in this action?”

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TRU History | November 26, 2014

Did Harry Truman Pardon the First Turkey?

The official “pardoning” of White House turkeys is an interesting White House tradition that has captured the imagination of the public in recent years. Recently White House mythmakers have claimed that President Harry S. Truman began this amusing holiday tradition. However, the Truman Library & Museum disputes the notion that Truman was the first president to pardon the holiday bird.

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A Word from Harry | November 26, 2014

Presidential Messages of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Truman Library Institute. Because we like our turkey served with extra helpings of history, we searched the archives for Truman’s presidential messages of Thanksgiving. Enjoy these excerpts, and please pass the rolls.

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Event Highlights | November 25, 2014

Bill Moyers with Bob Kerrey

Earlier this month, Bill Moyers made an unprecedented encore appearance at the Truman Library Institute’s Howard and Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency to share his thoughts on the intertwined presidential legacies of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson. After making his formal remarks, Moyers sat down with former U.S. Senator for an informal, wide-ranging conversation about his life, liberal politics, and the state of the American presidency. Here are a few highlights from the November 1 event.

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