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  1. Truman By: Natalie Cross

  2. Truman Pre-Presidency • Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri,. He was the Oldest child. • His parents chose the name Harry after his mother's brother, Harrison Young, Harry's uncle.His parents chose "S" as his middle initial to please both of Harry's grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. The initial did not stand for anything. • His father was a farmer and livestock dealer. The family lived in Lamar until Harry was ten months old. They moved to a farm near Harrisonville, then to Belton, and in 1887 to his grandparents' farm in Grandview. When Truman was six, his parents moved the family to Independence, so he could attend the Presbyterian Church Sunday School. • After graduating from Independence High School in 1901, Truman worked as a timekeeper on the Santa Fe Railroad, sleeping in "hobo camps" near the rail lines; he then worked at a series of clerical jobs. He worked briefly in the mailroom of the Kansas City Star. He returned to the Grandview farm in 1906 where he remained until entering the army in 1917. During this period, he courted Bess Wallace and proposed to her in 1911. She turned him down. Truman said that before he proposed again, he wanted to be earning more money than a farmer did.

  3. Politics • Jackson County Judge • US Senator • 1940 Election • Vice President

  4. Foreign Policy • On June 23, 1941, Senator Truman declared: "If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anything of their pledged word.” Although the sentiment was in line with what many Americans felt at the time, it was regarded by later biographers as both inappropriate and cynical.

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  6. Presidency 1945-1949 • Left out of things such as the Manhattan Project • Potsdam Conference • United Nations • Marshall Plan • The Cold war • The Fair Deal • Recognition of Israel • The Berlin Airlift • Second Term: Korean War