Harry S. Truman, who had only a high school education and had been vice president for just 82 days before Franklin Roosevelt’s tragic death, inherited the monumental task of leading the United States of America through the end of World War II (Shmoop Editorial Team). Throughout his life, many events and years from his childhood helped him get to that point. Harry S. Truman’s early life, National Guard background, U.S. government start, and presidency all tied his role in World War II together.
Biography: During his few weeks as Vice President, Harry S Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt, and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia. Suddenly these and a host of other wartime problems became Truman's to solve when, on April 12, 1945, he became President. He told reporters, "I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me."
Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, MO. He was the son of John Anderson and Martha Ellen Young Truman. A family compromise between grandfathers middle names, Shipp and Solomon resulted giving him only the middle initial S. Sometimes he used a period (.), sometimes he didn’t.
Truman’s accomplishments in his domestic policy were impressive, considering the hardships the nation was experiencing as World War II came to an end, and the resistance of Congress (which was greatly made up of Republicans and conservatives) to liberalism. The president was able to pas...
While many of Truman’s bills did not pass, the fact that he continuously proposed his Fair Deal and never backed down means that he deserves great respect for standing up for his ideals. Also, the bills that he did manage to pass were extremely significant and have large impacts even today. For example, Without Truman’s continuous propositions to Congress for these bills America would be nowhere near where it is today. He used executive orders to desegregate the military the armed forces and forbid racial bias or discrimination in Federal employment. He also established a Committee on Civil Rights as well as encouraged the Justice Department to go against the Supreme Court for plaintiffs fighting against segregation. I believe that although he did an admirable job for the lack of support that he had for many of his policies, his lack of focus and inability to stick to his party 's beliefs make him a little less than perfect, giving him a B in his overall domestic policy
Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. His parents, David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Stover Eisenhower, were a deeply religious couple who belonged to a Protestant sect called the River Brethren. Dwight had two older brothers, Arthur and Edgar, and three younger ones, Roy, Earl, and Milton. As a baby, his family moved to Abilene, Kansas where Dwight’s father worked in a creamery. During that time, the sons raised and sold vegetables and found a variety of other jobs to contribute to household expenses (2, Ambrose). Dwight, often nicknamed “Little Ike'; to distinguish him from “Big Ike';, his brother Edgar, impressed his fellow students. Predictions that appeared in their high school yearbook saw Dwight becoming a history professor and Edgar, interestingly, President of the United States (146, Richardson).
Starting at an early age there were people who broke into set to try and be on television or to tell Truman the truth, yet continually making up excuses for these people Truman never believes them. Instead of questioning the strange events occurring around him (such as a stage light falling through the sky) Truman decides to ignore these things and continue his everyday life. Even after Truman losses his love Sylvia when her supposed father claiming she's ill and that they're moving to Fiji, Truman still continues back into his normal routine. Truman suppress the feeling that there is anything wrong choosing to follow his oblivious life instead of questioning
Chapter 5: From the President's Diary, July 17, 18, and 25.“ Harry S. Truman’s Library and Museum. n. pag July 1998
Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri. Truman was a member of the National Guard. In 1917, his unit was called up into regular service during World War I. He served from August 1917 until May 1919. He was made a commander of a Field Artillery unit in France. In 1944, Truman became nominated for vice president against Henry Wallace, a very unpopular candidate for vice president to Franklin D. Roosevelt. On January 20, 1945, Truman was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Sadly, his vice presidency only lasted for just 82 days before Roosevelt suffered a massive stroke. On April 12, 1945, Truman was brought up to govern the world, and to somehow end World War II.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, was close to not achieving commander status. If this had happened, a different person would have taken control over Operations Torch, Avalanche, and Overlord. Eisenhower, in fact, was the key component in the victory for the Allies. Had he not been assigned by George Marshall to a planning officer in Washington D.C., President Harry Truman might not have saw Eisenhower’s potential. Eisenhower’s past 30 years of military experience, his strong mental and social stature, and his ideas and tactics were all key factors for his triumphant victory in World War II.