Harry Truman became president when Pres Roosevelt died in April '45. He faced some huge challenges in Europe and Japan. He decided in the summer to drop two atomic bombs in Japan. It was a tough decision but it ended the war.
Pres Truman was elected on his own in 1948 but his second term was very tough, from economic problems to the war in Korea. He left the presidency with very low approval ratings and was succeeded by the very popular Pres Eisenhower.
Today, we think of Pres Truman as a decisive and strong president. His legacy gets stronger and stronger with time. He made decisions and that was his greatest asset.
Click here for this radio show about The Truman legacy and library from May 2009:
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