Inside the Vault
The 2016 race to the White House may be remembered as one of the strangest, most contentious presidential elections in history. That’s good news for collectors of campaign memorabilia: historic elections can turn those trinkets into treasures. Take, for instance, a 1.25-inch pin created for Harry Truman’s 1949 inauguration. Thanks to Truman’s surprise defeat of Dewey, that freebies is now selling for $750 on eBay. We saw that pin, and much more, during a recent visit to the Truman Library Collection Room. Take a look…
2016 Harry S. Truman Book Award
Winner Announced, Read an Excerpt
Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe (Basic Books/Perseus Books Group, 2015) by Michael Neiberg is the winner of the 2016 Harry S. Truman Book Award.
The Harry S. Truman Book Award is presented biennially by the Truman Library Institute. Established in 1963, the Harry S. Truman Book Award recognizes the best book published within a two-year period dealing primarily and substantially with some aspect of the history of the United States between April 12, 1945 and January 20, 1953, or with the life or career of Harry S. Truman.
Michael Neiberg is a professor of history and the Stimson Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, and the author of several award-winning books. In this video interview, Neiberg was asked, “What story do you tell in this book, and what do you want people to come away with?”
Truman’s Supreme Court Justices
Harry Truman filled four vacancies on the Supreme Court during his eight years as president. Those he appointed included a Republican Senator, his Secretary of the Treasury, his Attorney General, and a judge from the Seventh District Court of Appeals. How did Truman decide who to appoint to the highest court in the land? And how did the Senate and press respond to President Truman’s Supreme Court nominees?
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Truman Doctrine Announced: March 12, 1947
On this day in 1947, President Harry S. Truman asked for $400 million in military and economic assistance for Greece and Turkey. “It must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures,” Truman declared. “If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world — and we shall surely endanger the welfare of our own nation.”
In asserting that the U.S. would intervene in faraway conflicts, President Truman dramatically reoriented U.S. foreign policy. What went into writing the Truman Doctrine speech?
America Is Still “Wild About Harry”
The late, great Harry S. Truman was quoted as saying, “I don’t believe in little plans. You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one.” And his Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri stands testament to the fact he lived by those words.
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
“Iron Curtain” Speech: March 5, 1946
On this day in 1946, Winston Churchill delivered the “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. President Truman, who had traveled to Fulton with Churchill by train the previous day, joined his friend on the platform and warmly received the speech, now considered one of the opening volleys in the Cold War that followed.
Proclamation 2718: “I Am An American Day”
March 1, 1947
Whereas the rise of the United States of America to a place of eminence among nations in less than two centuries has been greatly enhanced by the migration to its shores of pioneering, freedom-loving peoples; and
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Long Telegram
70 years ago today, George Kennan, an American diplomat living in Moscow, sent an 8,000-word telegram to President Truman’s State Department. The 70th anniversary of that “Long Telegram” landed on Newsweek‘s list of top 10 historic anniversaries in 2016.
PICTURING HISTORY: February 10, 1945
Harry S. Truman had been Vice President of the United States for only a few weeks when he showed up on February 10, 1945, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He had agreed to take part in a show for some 800 servicemen. For his part of the show, Truman sat down at an upright piano to demonstrate his talent at the keyboard.
Kefauver Defeats Truman
Every four years, presidential hopefuls and political pollsters travel to New Hampshire for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. In January 1952, however, Harry Truman was not campaigning for another term as president. So how did he come in second in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary?