Truman Topics for Discussion

David McCullough
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People often talk about "heartland values." What are some of these values and how did they influence Truman?

What kind of politicians were the Pendergasts? What kind of politician was Truman? What did these differences cost him?

Discuss the similarities between Truman's 1940 primary run for Senate and his 1948 presidential campaign.

Truman's wife Bess and his daughter Margaret were only lukewarm about his political career and living in Washington D.C. Discuss what their lack of support meant to Truman personally and politically.

Why was the Potsdam Conference mostly a failure?

What factors did Truman consider when he decided to drop atomic bombs on Japan?

Discuss the significance of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

Truman vacillated in his support of the formation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Discuss some of the domestic and international issues that made him hesitant to support it at first, and...

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