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Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) [Farewell Address]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04935.01 Author/Creator: Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) Place Written: Washington, D.C Type: Document signed Date: 15 January 1953 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the events of his presidency. A good part of the address speaks about using American resources and the United Nations to fight the menace of Communism and increase food production, amongst other things. In his conclusion, he looks beyond Communism and comments on prosperity in America, "that we in America have learned how to attain real prosperity for our people." Cites employment, bank strength, and better wealth distribution. States, "We have made progress in spreading the blessing of American life to all of our people. There has been a tremendous awakening of the American conscience on the great issues of civil rights -- equal economic opportunities, equal rights of citizenship, and equal educational opportunities for all our people, whatever their race or religion or status of birth." Press release of speech is marked Hold for Release by Roger W. Tubby, Secretary to the President.

People: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Segregation, Civil Rights Movement, President, Government and Civics, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Communism, Banking, Economics, African American History, Civil Rights, Education, Religion, United Nations, Finance, Vice President

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement The Fifties Postwar Politics and the Origins of the Cold War