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    Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

    Panelists debated whether the use of the atomic bomb was morally sound, necessary to end the war, or the first shot of the Cold War. With thousands of combatants and civilians dying each month,…

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    Truman's Atomic Energy Legacy

    Panelists talked about the implications of post World War II atomic energy usage and the efforts made by the Truman administration to make nuclear energy available for civilian usage. This…

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    President Truman and National Security

    Panelists talked about President Truman’s defense policy and the expansion of the National Security apparatus under the 33rd president. They spoke about his efforts to unify the Armed Forces, increase…

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    President Truman and Societal Effects of National Security

    Panelists talked about President Truman’s national security initiatives and their long-term impact on society. Topics included defense projects that funded educational programs in the fields of science…

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    President Truman and Civil Liberties

    Panelists talked about the tension between national security and civil liberties during the Truman administration, focusing on the Alger Hiss case and the president’s relations with Japanese Americans. R. Bruce Craig presented his paper…

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    Liberty and Security, Part 2

    Panelists talked about the tension between national security and civil liberties during the Truman administration, focusing on McCarthyism and the president’s relationship with the press. Richard Fried presented his paper,"Truman,…

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    Ken Hechler on Civil Rights in the Truman Administration

    Ken Hechler, former speechwriter and aide of President Truman, talked about civil liberties and the Truman administration. He was interviewed by President Truman’s eldest grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel.…

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    Liberty and Security, Part 1

    Panelists talked about the tension between national security and civil liberties during the Truman administration. Athan Theoharis presented his paper “The Truman Presidency and the FBI.” Landon Storrs presented her paper…

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    Civil Liberties Legacy of Harry Truman

    After introductory remarks by Michael Devine and Clifton Truman Daniel, Richard Kirkendall talked about the roots of President Truman’s Containment Policy and his approach to the post-World War II communist…

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    Presidential Descendants

    John Avlon moderated a conversation about the opportunities and obligations of growing up as a descendant of an American president. Participants included: Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of…

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    The Legacy of President Truman and China

    A panel discussion was held on the Truman administration’s foreign policy in East Asia following World War II, focusing on China. After the panelists had presented their papers they responded to…

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    President Truman and General MacArthur

    Ken Hechler, former White House assistant to President Truman, was interviewed by Robert Watson about President Truman’s relationship with General Douglas MacArthur. General MacArthur led…

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    The Legacy of President Truman and Korea

    A panel discussion was held on the Truman administration’s foreign policy in East Asia following World War II, focusing on Korea. After their papers were presented, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.…

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    The Legacy of President Truman and Japan

    A panel discussion was held on the Truman administration’s foreign policy in East Asia following World War II, focusing on Japan. After their papers were presented, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the…

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    President Truman and Congress

    Don Ritchie talked about the relationship between Congress and the presidency, focusing on President Truman. He talked about the official and unofficial lobbying that President Truman did to advance his political…

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    Foreign and Military Policy in the Truman Era

    Susan Hartmann talked about the challenges that President Truman faced with the public and Congress in passing his foreign and military policies. She noted that the public was more concerned about domestic…

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    Congress in the Truman Era

    The speakers talked about the relationship between President Truman and Congress. They focused on the challenges that he faced in having his policy initiatives legislated, specifically the backlash by Congress…

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    Truman and Domestic Policy

    The panel talked about the domestic politics of President Truman. They focused on President Truman’s expansion of social programs and the relationship between the presidency and Congress in legislating President…

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