Yes - even though we are about 'museumed out' for a while, we have a couple more to see while we are here in Independence, Missouri.
Reminds me of playing golf during my summers in high school. After about 8 or 9 days in a row, I was ready for a break. For a day or two. Same here. We are going to take advantage of seeing these places while we can.
So off we went to Independence MO. We stayed at the Blue Springs Campground which was good. It is run by the county and in good shape. Sites and area around them are spacious. Lots of grass and has a good feel to it.
A replica of the Oval Office:
Truman handled his time in the Army like he did with everything in his life: He gave it everything he had. Despite his less than imposing figure, he proved his metal and gain the respect of his men.
When FDR died, just weeks after his election, Truman was thrown into an overwhelming situation. It was either sink or swim. There was no transition. He dug in and learned what he needed to in order to survive and make important decisions. There were many during his two terms as president.
Among his first duties was to attend the a summit with Churchill and Stalin in Potsdam, Germany in July 1945 discuss the post-war realities. He developed his own view of the Soviet Union which was more distrustful than Roosevelt's. The war in Europe was nearing its end and the war in the Pacific came to a close after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.
With the beginning of the Cold War and the growth of what Churchill later called, the 'Iron Curtain', Truman was in the crucible. He grew into his role and made decisions even controversial ones like firing General MacArther.
I did not realize how extensive his "Whistlestop Campaign" was until I saw this display.
At home, the nation was confronted with the growing fear in the spread of communism, the rise of Communist China and its invasion of Korea, all which came with a U. S. reaction.
- Orchestrated the Berlin Airlift, saving the city
- Responsible for the Marshall Plan, an economic 'get well' plan for Germany and Europe
- Integrated the Army which led to acceptance and national integration
- Advocated for national health insurance
- Recognized Israel which led to its statehood
- Supported the creation of NATO to stand against the Warsaw Pact
- Made substantial renovations to the White House
- Realigned the armed forces, creating the Air Force as a separate service
I appreciated being able to see the Truman Museum and Library. I came away from it feeling like I knew more about that period in our country's history and our 33rd president.
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