Bundle of 4 - US Presidents Defining Events - #33 - Truman

Bundle of 4 - US Presidents Defining Events - #33 - Truman
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This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentations on the presidency of Harry S. Truman and the defining events of his presidency. All four presentations together number 79 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

Harry S. Truman was born in Missouri on May 8, 1884. He was Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president for just 82 days before Roosevelt died and Truman became the 33rd president. In his first months in office he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II. His policy of communist containment started the Cold War, and he initiated U.S. involvement in the Korean War. Truman left office in 1953 and died in 1972.

In March of 1952, Truman announced that he would not run for reelection. He gave his support to Governor Adlai Stevenson, the democratic nominee, though Stevenson was distancing himself from the president because of his poor approval rating.

After retiring from the presidency, Truman returned to Independence, MO, where he wrote his memoirs, oversaw the construction of his presidential library and took long walks. He died on December 26, 1972, and is buried next to Bess in the courtyard of the Truman Library.

Power point #1 is entitled, US Presidents - #33 - Harry S Truman and contains 22 slides and covers the following:

Background Summaries
Early Years
Military Career
Man of Integrity
Truman: The Judge
Truman: The Senator
Pendergast Debacle
Truman: The Vice President
Truman: The President
The Atomic Bombs
Effects of the Bomb’s Blast
Cold War Begins
The “Fair Deal”
Korean War
MacArthur Fired
Steel Strike
Supreme Court Ruling
Retirement & Death
End of Presentation

When Harry Truman learned of the success of the Manhattan Project, he knew he was faced with a decision of unprecedented gravity. The capacity to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve unleashing the most terrible weapon ever known.

American soldiers and civilians were weary from 4 years of war, yet the Japanese military was refusing to give up their fight. American forces occupied Okinawa and Iwo Jima and were intensely fire bombing Japanese cities.

Japan had an army of 2 million strong stationed in the home islands guarding against invasion. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President. Over 3,500 Japanese kamikaze raids had already wrought great destruction and loss of American lives. Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. A Normandy-type amphibious landing would have cost an estimated 1 million casualties. Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well.

Power point #2 is entitled, The United States & WW II - The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bombs and contains 12 slides and covers the following:

America and the Bomb
Overtures to Japan
First Bomb Drop
Second Bomb Drop
Truman’s Critics
Other Criticism
Truman’s Justification
Demonstration Rejected
The Ethical Debate
End of Presentation

At the end of World War II, the United States and the USSR emerged as the world’s major powers. They also became involved in the Cold War, a state of hostility between the two nations. The clash had deep roots, going back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, when after the Bolshevik victory, the United States, along with Britain, France, and Japan, sent troops to Russia to support the anti-Communists.

During World War II, the United States and the USSR were tenuously allied, but they disagreed on tactics and on postwar plans. After the war, relations deteriorated. The United States and the USSR had different ideologies, and they mistrusted one another.

The Soviet Union feared that the United States, the leader of the capitalist world, sought the downfall of Communism. The United States felt threatened by Soviet expansionism in Europe, Asia, and the western hemisphere.

Power point #3 is entitled, The Cold War - The Steps Leading up to the Cold War and contains 28 slides and covers the following:

Threat of Soviet Expansion
The USSR ‘s Post War Policy
The “Iron Curtin”
Truman’s Cold War Policy
The Doctrine of Containment
Deeper Conflict
Aid to Turkey
The Cold War Is Underway
The Cold War
The Truman Doctrine Stated
U. S. Aid Offered
The Marshall Plan
Aid To Europe
Berlin Airlift
USSR Explodes Atomic Bomb
USSR-Chinese Alliance
Containment Challenges
Steps for More Containment
The Korean War (2)
The Korean War Begins
Invasion Fails
The Korean War Ends
End of Presentation

The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States fought for the South, and China fought for the North, which was also assisted by the Soviet Union. The war arose from the division of Korea at the end of World War II and from the global tensions of the Cold War that developed immediately afterwards.

A bitterly contested conflict, the Korean War saw the United States follow its policy of containment as it worked to block aggression and halt the spread of Communism. Fighting ebbed and flowed up and down the peninsula until the front stabilized just north of the 38th Parallel.

While the Communists took power in the north, the south became democratic. Both governments wished to reunite the peninsula under their particular ideology. After several border skirmishes, North Korea invaded south on June 25, 1950, opening the conflict.

After bitter fighting for many months the fighting ended but, no formal peace treaty was concluded. Instead, both sides agreed to the creation of a demilitarized zone along the front. Casualties in the fighting numbered around 778,000 for UN/South Korean forces, while North Korea and China suffered around 1.1 to 1.5 million. In the wake of the conflict, South Korea developed one of the world's strongest economies while North Korea remains an isolated pariah state.

Power point #4 is entitled, The Cold War - The Korean War and contains 17 slides and covers the following:

38th Parallel
Hostilities Begin
Security Council Vote
Douglas MacArthur
First Shots: The Yalu River
Home by Christmas?
China Intervenes
MacArthur’s Firing
Significant Battles
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....US Presidents.
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