Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

THE MOST important manuscripts used in this study are located at the Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri. The sub-divisions that are cited are the Harry S. Truman Papers, Official File (OF), Official Reporter (OR), President's Personal File (PPF), Press Conferences, White House Central File, John D. Clark Papers, Kenneth Hechler File, David D. Lloyd File, Charles S. Murphy File, Samuel L. Rosenman File, and Stephen J. Spingarn Papers. The Lewis Schwellenbach Papers are located in the Library of Congress. The manuscript papers of the Department of Labor are in the Labor and Transportation Branch of the Social and Economic Records Division of the National Archives; the papers cited in this group are Secretary Lewis Schwellenbach File, Secretary Maurice J. Tobin File, Secretary John W. Gibson File, John T. Metz File, and Lloyd A. Mashburn File. In addition, after the preliminary research, President Truman very graciously consented to an interview so that I could attempt to find answers to some of the decision-making problems covered by this investigation. However, it is difficult for anyone, including former Presidents, to recall the minute details of decisions over a decade later without prompting the memory with written records. So while this interview was not exceedingly profitable, it certainly presented a pleasurable experience to discuss these issues with the man who helped determine them, particularly when that person can still become agitated when the Taft‐ Hartley Act is mentioned. Several letters were sent to some

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