Truman - Study Guide Part 5 Chapter 15 Summary & Analysis

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Truman's Inaugural Day was January 20, 1949, and cost $80,000, the most ever spent at that point on such an event. His parade drew more than a million people. In his Inaugural speech, Truman made "four points:" (1) the USA would support the United Nations; (2) the USA would continue the Marshall Plan; (3) the USA would form a North Atlantic treaty for the defense of Europe (NATO); and (4) the USA would share its scientific and technological knowledge with emerging countries. He called democracy "a vitalizing force" and said "actions resulting from Communist philosophy are a threat to free nations."

The Trumans finally announced the necessary White House renovations and moved into Blair House directly across the street. Harry got a salary increase to $100,000 plus $50,000 for expenses, to Bess's delight.

There were two immediate scandals in 1949. Secretary of Defense Forrestal displayed emotional instability, and Truman replaced him with Louis Johnson. On...

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