Remembering Harry Truman, a Man of Truth

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), July 13, 2003 | Go to article overview

Remembering Harry Truman, a Man of Truth


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 provided aid to rebuild Europe's economy. These and other actions prompted constituents to say, "Give 'em hell, Harry." Commenting on this later, Truman wrote, "I have never deliberately given anybody hell. I just tell the truth on the opposition - and they think it's hell."

Several months ago I had the opportunity to visit the Truman Presidential Library in his hometown, Independence, Mo. It was a wonderful experience. Like most presidential libraries, it's part archive and part museum. I really enjoyed the Truman library because there were many exhibits that showed what was happening during the Truman years, the period of my early childhood. There were Life magazine covers and period advertisements with Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme on the soundtrack. But most of all, I gained a sense of Truman's legacy, from his aphorisms such as "the buck stops here" to his visionary idea that the end of a war should include a program that builds peace for the defeated. Otherwise, the war will just erupt again another day. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Remembering Harry Truman, a Man of Truth
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.