Truman Presidential Topics

Harry Truman holds up Chicago Tribune that declares Dewey Defeats Truman, November 3, 1948 in St. Louis (Truman Presidential Library)

The topics currently available for the Harry & Ike Elderhostel are listed below. Each topic includes between 500 and 1000 pages of copies of documents from the Truman Library's holdings selected by the archives staff as being the most important documents on its subject. The files are located in the Library's research room, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday by appointment  from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

1. The Personal Life and Views of Harry S. Truman.

2. Planning for the Postwar World: President Truman at the Potsdam Conference, July 17-August 2, 1945.

3. The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb.

4. The War Relocation Authority and the Incarceration of Japanese-Americans During World War II.

5. President Truman and the Plight of Displaced Persons in Europe Following World War II.

6. The War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo, 1945-1948.

7. Creating a Pluralistic Democracy in Japan: The Occupation Government, 1945-1952.

8. The Development of an Atomic Weapons Program following World War II.

9. The Chinese Civil War: George C. Marshall's Mission to China, 1945-47.

10. The Quest for the Peaceful Atom: The Baruch Plan and the Atomic Energy Act of 1947.

11. The Debate Over Labor Policy: President Truman's Battle with Congress Over the Passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, January-June 1947.

12. The Truman Administration's Agricultural Policy, 1945-1948.

13. President Truman's Fight to Unify the Armed Services, 1945-49.

14. The Truman Administration's Civil Rights Program: The Report of the Committee on Civil Rights and President Truman's Message to Congress of February 2, 1948.

15. The Truman Administration's Civil Rights Program: The Desegregation of the Armed Forces.

16. The Ideological Foundation of the Cold War -- the Long Telegram, the Foreign Affairs "X" Article, the Clifford Report, and NSC 68.

17. The Truman Doctrine and the Beginning of the Cold War, 1947-49.

18. Establishing the Marshall Plan, 1947-48.

19. The Central Intelligence Agency: Its Founding and the Dispute Over Its Mission, 1945-54.

20. The United States' Recognition of Israel.

21. Running From Behind: Truman's Strategy for the 1948 Presidential Campaign.

22. The Fair Deal -- President Truman's Vision of the American Future.

23. The Point Four Program: Reaching Out to Help the Less Developed Countries.

24. The Emergence of an Asian Pacific Rim in American Foreign Policy: Korea, Japan and Formosa.

25. Cold War Confrontation: Truman, Stalin and the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949.

26. The Brannan Plan: The Truman Administration's Attempt to Achieve  Full Production Agriculture, 1949-50.

27. The Origins and Establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1948-52.

28. The Truman Administration's Policy Toward Native Americans.

29. The Development of an Energy  Policy During the Truman Administration.

30. The Problem of Migratory Farm Labor in the United States, 1948-52.

31. President Truman's Fight for National Health Insurance, 1949-53.

32. President Truman's Response to Women's Issues.

33. Preparing to Survive Atomic Attack: Truman Administration's Civil Defense Program.

34. President Truman's Confrontation with McCarthyism.

35. The Korean War: The United States' Response to Communist China's Intervention, October 1950-April 1951.

36. Oil Crisis in Iran, 1950-1952.

37. The Truman Scandals: The Presidential Confronts a Political Crisis, 1951-1952.

38. Waging Psychological Warfare Against the Communists, 1951-1953.

39. The Constitutional Crisis Over President Truman's Seizure of the Steel Industry in 1952.

40. Immigration Policy: President Truman's Veto of the McCarran-Walter Act.

41. The Old President as Political Campaigner, 1952-1972.