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TRU Blog Archive for June, 2015

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | June 25, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: The United Nations
June 26, 1945

Popular depictions of World War II concentrate on paratroopers, goose-stepping Nazis, Holocaust victims, tanks, aircraft carriers, and other symbols of the world at arms and the deaths of millions of people.
But violence was not the war’s only legacy.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | June 5, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: Civil Rights
June 5, 1945

President Truman knew that victory in WWII depended on the full participation of “all available workers regardless of race, creed or color.” When Congress abruptly dropped appropriations for the Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC) – the agency in charge of protecting Americans from discrimination in defense industries or government – in the spring of 1945, Truman launched an impassioned defense of the FEPC and civil rights.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory

WWII 70: Marching to Victory | June 2, 2015

WWII highlights from the Truman Library’s archives and collections

Marching to Victory: Victory Gardens
June 2, 1945

Although Nazi Germany had surrendered weeks earlier and the Japanese Empire was near collapse, President Truman sent a strong message to Americans on June 2, 1945 about winning the war…and winning the peace.

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WWII 70: Marching to Victory