1948 Democratic National Convention
Truman’s Acceptance Speech
On July 15, 1948, President Truman delivered the following remarks after receiving his party’s presidential nomination. The address was delivered at 2 a.m. in Convention Hall in Philadelphia and carried on a nationwide radio broadcast.
In 1948, nearly everyone – The New York Times, LIFE Magazine and even Bess Truman – believed Harry Truman would lose the 1948 presidential election. But 68 years ago, the Democratic National Committee understood the power of branding through personal storytelling. We found the proof in the digital archives of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and this 1948 graphic biography of Truman’s life, published by the DNC:
President Truman’s Address Before the NAACP
On June 29, 1947, as the first American president to address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Harry Truman pledges his support for upholding the civil rights of all Americans.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: June 6, 1944
President Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer
In a national radio broadcast on June 6, 1944, as 160,000 Allied troops land in Normandy in an attempt to liberate France, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks “my fellow Americans” to join him in this prayer:
3 Powerful Summer Teacher Workshops with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
We recently asked Dennis Ross – author of Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama – for his view on President Truman’s role in the founding of Israel in 1948. Read More
On April 11, 1951, President Truman relieved the man he once referred to as “Mr. Prima Donna, Brass Hat, Five Star MacArthur” of his commands.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Address on the Occasion of the Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty: April 4, 1949
On this day in 1949, the U.S. entered into its first peacetime military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty. After Secretary of State Dean Acheson signed the treaty, President Truman addressed the crowd. “In this pact, we hope to create a shield against aggression and the fear of aggression–a bulwark which will permit us to get on with the real business of government and society, the business of achieving a fuller and happier life for all our citizens.”
Read on for more from President Truman’s address after the North Atlantic Treaty was signed.
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 freebie 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…