Harry S Truman

Harry S Truman was a politician who became Vice-president and then President. He is most well-known as the President who approved the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and who won one of the most surprising elections in history.

White House Biography
From the official White House site

Harry S. Truman
Another finely detailed biography

The History of the Presidential Election
EVERY election, from George Washington to the present. Which political parties have come and gone? Who has been elected more times than anybody else? Who were the "Know-Nothings"? All these and more are answered in this expansive yet easy-to-read article.

World War II
Began in Europe and Asia and spread to the rest of the world

The Election of 1944
Truman becomes vice-president

The Atomic Bomb
It was Truman's ultimate decision to drop it.

The United Nations
Truman helped get it off the ground.

The Truman Doctrine
Strong statement against the spread of communism

The National Security Act of 1947
Reorganized the military and its structures

The Marshall Plan
Helped Western Europe get back on its feet

The Taft-Hartley Act
Strong law curtailing labor power, passed over Truman's veto

The Election of 1948
Truman lost to Dewey; or did he?

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