Harry Truman

Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States (from 1945 to 1953). Major historical events happened during his term, including the use of the atomic bomb against Japan and the end of World War II.

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Why did Truman decide to use the atomic bomb against Japan?

he thought it would be a funny bruh moment

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What does the "S" in Harry S. Truman stand for?

Nothing! He didn't have a middle name, per se. According to Truman himself, the initial was a way to honor both his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.

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What year is 20c Harry S. Truman stamp?


The 20-cent Harry S. Truman regular stamp was issued on January 26, 1984, in Washington, DC. The stamp issuance honored the centennial of the birth of the 33rd US president (1945-53).

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) entered politics as a county judge in 1922. He was Franklin D. Roosevelt's running mate in 1944. His vice presidency lasted less than three months, until Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. Truman spent a turbulent period in office, and he ordered the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and Korean War in 1950. He is considered a man who led the US into international confrontation with Soviet and Chinese communism.

The stamp was engraved through the intaglio process.


Postal Bulletin (December 15, 1983).

Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "Harry S. Truman."

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What is independent internationalism in w w 2?

A foreign policy approach where a nation remains a world power and still pursues global policies it believes to be in its own interest, despite isolationist tendencies

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What was President Truman's middle name?

Harry S. Truman did not have a middle name. The S stood for a compromise between the names of his two grandfathers -- Anderson Shippe Truman and Solomon Young. There has been considerable debate whether Truman's middle initial should be written with or without a period. Truman himself said more than once that it did not matter--that it could be written either way. See, for example, the illustration of Truman's letter of August 19, 1970, to (later) Congressman James E. Rogan in Rogan's 2004 autobiography "Rough Edges." Except for early in his life and in the last few years of his life, when the middle initial in his signature became essentially printed, Truman never signed his full signature using a period after the "S". When he signed his initials, though, he sometimes signed "HST" and sometimes signed "H.S.T."

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What was Harry S Trumans Place of Residence?

He spent most of his life in or near Independence , MO .

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Who was the predecessor of Eisenhower?

Harry Truman was the President just before Eisenhower.

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What were the results of the Truman Doctrine?

Greece and Turkey did not become part of the Soviet sphere.

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What did Harry S. Truman do as president?

Events during Harry Truman's presidency

  • May 8, 1945 : VE Day . WW II ends in Europe
  • July, 1945 Potsdam Conference with Stalin
  • August 6,9,10: Truman authorized dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Japan surrenders the next day.
  • 1947 Taft-Hartley Act passed over Truman's veto- allowed non-union workers in union shops
  • 1947 President Succession Act passed-- still in effect
  • United nations began meeting in New York
  • Marshall Plan to reconstruct Europe
  • June,1948 Berlin Blockade by the Russians and Berlin Airlift
  • 1948 State of Israel created with Truman's support
  • 1949-1952 Korean War
  • 1952 Steel Strike- Truman orders government take-over; ruled unconstitutional
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How much is an autographed 8x10 photo of Harry S Truman worth?

* Appreciation for Truman's legacy and methodology in office increases with every passing year, as does the value of his genuine signature. * As with all collectibles, determining value is a function of authenticity and condition. If genuine, the photo would be worth $75-200, depending on condition and pose. Autographed photos can range from 75 to 2000 depending on the condition and content of the photo (pose, other people, the event, etc.)

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Did Harry Truman receive a formal education?

He went to public schools and finished high school. He went to law school for two years but did not graduate.

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Where would you find the value of a photo of Harry Truman shaking hands and passing an envelope to an unknown man and a Presidential ribbon?

You could go to google images and type in what tou are looking for.

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What was the essence of the Truman Doctrine and what was the situation that prompted this statement?

The essence of the Truman doctrine was that the United States would lend aid (money and weapons) to any nation that was being threatened by outside influences. However-the subtext is much more important. The Truman Doctrine essentially declared Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Truman and his advisors believed that no free nation would ever willingly turn Communist. Therefore, any nation that had a successful Communist party meant that it was in the process of being subverted. This ignored the fact that the Soviet Union had a hard time reigning in most other communist leaders. In the words of Truman himself, the doctrine was designed to "scare the hell" out of the American people and keep the US engaged in the rest of the world, rather than return to our traditional isolationist foreign policy. The Doctrine was drafted in response to the Greek Civil War. In 1944, before the end of World War II, the Greek Communists had been at the forefront of the anti-Nazi resistance, while the Greek monarchy had the backing of Adolf Hitler. After Britain pulled out of the Mediterranean, the US stepped in to fill the power vacuum. Truman issued his statement to support the pro-Nazi monarchy. The Greek communists were defeated-but not because of American action. Tito-the communist leader in Yugoslavia, had been allowing the Greek communists to cross into his nation and use it as a base for action. Tito then had a falling-out with Stalin. Tito was afraid Stalin would use the Greek Communists against him, and so shut the border. The Greek Communists were then able to be captured and destroyed.

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Who was the US President during the Korean War?

During the Korean war the United States had two presidents. Harry Truman was President when it began in 1950, and Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952 and was President when the armistice was signed in 1953.

The president of South Korea was Syngman Rhee.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and lasted until July 27, 1953. Harry S. Truman was the President of the US at the time. Truman served the oath of office from April 1945 to January of 1953.

The war was the result of the North Koean invasion of South Korea. The UN voted to send troops to end the invasion.

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Who are Harry S Trumans parents?

Harry Truman's father was John Anderson Truman (1851-1914).

His mother was Martha Ellen Young Truman (1852-1947).

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What President dropped the bomb on Hiroshima?

While the development of the atomic bomb was initiated under FDR, Harry S Truman was president when the final decision was made to drop the bomb.

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What was Harry S Truman's net worth at the time of his death?

He was worth a bit less than $500,000.

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What was the only country that repaid its wartime debt to the US before everything was forgiven by President Truman in 1948 and how much did they pay?

Great Britain made her last payment in 1966. from what i have learned as a history major none of the major debtors have paid the U.S. back in full...I could be wrong. But During WWII the U.S. cut allot of the debts procurred so that the world economy would stay stable because the debts were well into the billions and this is well before Bill Gates's time. Think about inflation

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What was the role of Harry Truman in World War 2?

Harry S. Truman inherited the office of US President on April 12, 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt died.

Until Roosevelt's death, Truman, the "new kid," the "outsider," had been kept in the dark when it came to a great many matters of national security -- much to Truman's own liking! When FDR died, Harry S. Truman had been the vice president for just 79 days, and he knew nothing at all about most national security matters, including the status of the Manhattan Project, the American effort to develop the first atomic bombs.

Just three weeks after Truman assumed office as president, Germany collapsed and the war in Europe was essentially over.

But the Pacific war against the Japanese raged on.

As Commander in Chief of all the US armed forces, Truman assumed responsibility for the conduct of the war in all theaters, but he is mainly associated with the war in the Pacific. After the horrific losses on both sides in island campaigns on Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and others, Truman decided to use the atomic weapons against Japan in an attempt to force the Japanese to end the war.

With Truman's blessing, the USAAF dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the first ever instance of an atomic weapon used in "anger." Three days later, on August 9, the USAAF dropped "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, the last such instance.

Truman presided over the end, practically and officially, of the Second World War.
Harry Truman was a member of the Senate from Missouri. He headed a committee that looked into price gouging of war contracts. In 1944 he was chosen as FDR's running mate for Vice-President. They were elected and when FDR died in 1945, Truman was sworn in as Commander-in-Chief. He was the President who made the decision to drop the A-Bomb and force Japan's unconditional surrender.

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Why did North Korea start the Korean War?

North Korea wanted to unify itself with South Korea and create one Korea under a Communist government.

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Did Harry Truman start the Korean War?

No, Harry S. Truman did not start the Korean War. The North Koreans started the war when they invanded South Korea. North Korea claimed the South Korea invaded first but that claim was later found to be a bogus claim.

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Where was Wily Mo Pena born?

wily mo pena was born January 23 1982 in laguna salada, dominican republic

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What did Harry Truman do during World War 2?

He allowed the atomic bombing on japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
President Truman's role in World War 2 is that he led the United States and the Allied Powers to victory over the Axis Powers. He dropped the two atomic bombs on Japan on August 6 and 9th of 1945. Later, both Germany and Japan surrendered, ending the war.

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What was the Truman doctrine?

The Truman Doctrine (1947) was designed to support anti-communists and resist the spread of communism. Initially, it stated that the United States would support both Turkey and Greece with economic and military aid, preventing them falling into the Soviet sphere.

It offered support to all countries that declined communism, attempting to contain it, and ultimately end it. The Truman Doctrine also included Marshall Aid, which was money that was offered to all European countries for rebuilding. The Soviet-controlled countries of the Warsaw Pact had to decline this "capitalist" money.

In an address to Congress, President Truman said, "I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressure.

The Truman Doctrine is the common name for the Cold War strategy of containment versus the Soviet Union and the expansion of communism. This doctrine was first promulgated by President Harry Truman in an address to the U.S. Congress on February 27, 1947.


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