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Harry S. Truman’s Second Term Part 1 with David Jeter – Recorded Fall 2020

Previously recorded class.


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November 2nd, 1948 was the day Harry Truman confounded all the polls, op-ed writers and commentators, and defeated the Republican Presidential Candidate Thomas Dewey in what has been described as the greatest political upset in American Presidential History.  The results of that election ushered in Truman’s Elected Presidential term that commenced in January of 1949 and ended when he left office in January of 1953.

This series will explore Truman’s “Second Term” as President (1949 – 1953).  Topics we’ll explore in this series: Truman’s domestic agenda (“The Fair Deal”); Post-WWII Economic Prosperity; the White House Reconstruction; the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.; the conclusion of the Berlin Airlift; the impact of the Truman Doctrine (“Containment”), the Marshall Plan, and the development of NATO during his second term; the Soviet development of the Atomic Bomb; Decision to develop the Hydrogen or “Superbomb”; the Communist takeover of China; Seizure of the Railroads; McCarthyism and the “Red Scare”; Puerto Rican Nationalists’ assassination attempt; the “Korean Conflict”; the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur; and Seizure of the Steel Industries.

Come join us as we continue our study of the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, “The Man from Independence”.

Instructor:  David Jeter is a retired attorney, who practiced in Blue Springs for nearly 35 years.  He received his undergraduate degree in history and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning his J.D. in 1973.  He considers himself an amateur historian with wide-ranging interests .  He is a docent at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and has undertaken to continue to learn as much as he can about the life and times of President Truman and those forces which influenced him as he served as the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 – 1953.


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