Magazine article Public Welfare

A Letter from Harry S. Truman

Magazine article Public Welfare

A Letter from Harry S. Truman

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President Truman wrote to APWA President Joseph E. Baldwin on the occasion of APWA's 1949 Round Table Conference. The letter was published in January 1950.

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON

Dear Mr. Baldwin:

I am happy to take this opportunity to extend greetings and my best wishes to the Annual Round Table Conference of the American Public Welfare Association for a successful session. I wish also to express my real regret that circumstances made it impossible for me to accept your invitation to be with you personally as there is no subject closer to my heart than the basic problem of how government can best serve the "public welfare" by furthering the welfare of all our people. Certainly in this country where the term "welfare" has a long history recognized in our Federal Constitution, there is nothing new about individual citizens using the machinery of government to assure to each other basic security against the common hazards of life.

I share with your members an acute awareness of the inadequacy of our present measures for protecting families against those economic and social hazards which result from the complexity of our modern society. …

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