Harry S. Truman as an advocate of civil rights : politics or compassion?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Harriet Aldstadt (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Richard Bardolph

Abstract: When Franklin Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945, the United States was emerging from her most debilitating war and seemed intent on "getting back to normal" as quickly as possible. Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency at the death of one of the most revered men who ever led the country. The "accidental" president had no national following at the time of his accession to the office. Therefore, Truman appeared to be the least likely president to begin the campaign for civil rights for Negroes, and 1948 and the Democratic Party national convention the least likely time and place to take such a stand.

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Language: English
Date: 1971
Truman, Harry S., $d 1884-1972
African Americans $x Civil rights $x History $y 20th century

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