Harry S. Truman: The Man from Independence

By William F. Levantrosser | Go to book overview

THE PERSONAL SIDE OF
HARRY TRUMAN

Thus far the comments and research on Harry Truman have dealt primarily with actions on public policy and have provided analyses concerned with the substance of the issues. Only tangentially do they reveal something of the personal side of the man. In this final section are three views which offer a more personal appraisal of the private nature and character of Mr. Truman.

At the conference banquet his daughter and only child, Margaret Truman Daniel, gave a moving tribute to her father as only a family member can. This touching reminiscence also shows how Harry Truman wished to be remembered.

Another side of President Truman is revealed through the notes and unmailed letters scattered throughout his collected papers. Many of them display his quick temperament and almost impulsive nature being harnessed through the catharsis of getting the thoughts down on paper. More than anything else they portray the roots of Harry Truman in a very spontaneous manner.

Finally, there is a tribute to President Truman from one of his closest aides in the White House that brings together threads of both public life and personal feelings. Clark Clifford's address to the conference banquet wove together a wide variety of insights to evaluate Truman's stature in the middle of the twentieth century. Mr. Clifford most recently served as the chairman of the Truman Centennial Committee.

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