Byline: Sarah Long
Harry Truman was vice president to Franklin Roosevelt, one of the most popular presidents in American history. Truman was greatly overshadowed by the charisma and strong feelings that Roosevelt inspired in others.
Thrust into the presidency upon Roosevelt's death, Truman became the chief of our armed forces while we were still at war with Japan. Truman did not falter. Four months after taking the oath of office, Truman approved the use of the atomic bomb in Japan. Eight days later Japan surrendered to end World War II.
After the war, Truman again demonstrated his willingness to act by signing a bill creating the Marshall Plan, which …