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Harry S. Truman's Impact On American Political History

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” This quote means that America was not built with fear it was built with a lot of courage and the imagination of a good Country and we have the determination to do whatever is thrown at us. Harry S. Truman impacted the citizens of the United States because he engineered the greatest comeback story in the history of American political history, his reputation as president, and him leaving his mark. Born: May 8th, 1884 in Lamar, MO Died: December 26th, 1972 in Kansas City, MO Party: Democratic Party Vice President: Albert W. Barkley Education: University of Missouri Impact 1 He was the one who created one of the most unexpected comeback victories in American political history. It was the dispiriting 1946 that the mid-term elections that gave the Republicans control of Congress. He was paired with the prospect of facing an accomplished Republican candidate like New York governor Thomas Dewey, dimmed Democratic hopes for having Truman's victory in the 1948 elections. Though, Truman, campaigned relentlessly and effectively, making congressional Republicans the main issue in the election. He convincingly defeated Dewey in November 1948 when almost no knowledgeable…show more content…
He oversaw the conversion of the American economy from its World War ll footing to one that emphasized both consumer and military production. While not without problems, this transition occurred about as smoothly as possible. Truman protected the New Deal and with a rise of the minimum wage in 1949 and the enlargement of Social Security in 1950, built upon its achievements. He pushed forward the cause of the African American civil rights by desegregating the military, by banning discrimination in the civil service, and by commissioning a federal report on civil rights. Just as important, Truman spoke out publicity on the
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