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1 Truman Domestic Policies
McElhaney APUSH

2 Postwar domestic adjustments
The Taft-Hartley Act Civil Rights and the election of 1948

3 Servicemen's Readjustment Act, 1944 (GI Bill)
Taft-Hartley Act, 1947 Fair Deal Racial issues after WWII Desegregation of Military Jackie Robinson Jim Crowe South Truman and Early Civil Rights Civil Rights and the Election of 1948 Truman and Israel Thomas E. Dewey J. Strom Thurmond “Dixiecrats” Henry Wallace Alger Hiss Joseph McCarthy House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Hollywood Ten Dalton Trumbo Edward R. Murrow Waldorf Statement McCarren Internal Security Act, 1950 Dennis v. United States, 1951

4 Postwar Domestic Adjustments
US After WWII 10 million service men and women were demobilized. Fear of economic recession- many believed that there would be a rise in unemployment (true but not too bad) The economy changed from War production to consumer goods Women left the work force in large numbers, 3 million Labor unrest: Unions ended their war time promise to end strikes and a wave of strikes occurs United Mine workers go on strike, after 45 days Truman proposes government be authorized to take control of essential industries crippled by strikes and draft strikers. (Truman alienates unions)

5 The Taft-Hartley Act Republicans take control of both houses of Congress in 1946 and seek to return to a conservative government: Lower taxes Reduced government regulation Support for business Anti-Union – reduce the power of unions to aid business End price controls passed during the war Taft, a conservative Republican Senator sponsored act Authorized President- 80 day cooling off period for strikes in essential industries Banned shops closed to non-union members Truman Vetoes but is overridden

6 “GI Bill of Rights” Servicemen's Readjustment Act, 1944 (GI Bill) Benefits offered by the government to help returning soldiers- Subsidies Housing support and loans Education funding Job training Business loans

7 Fair Deal Liberal programs of Truman similar to New Deal
Limited and refused by Republican Congress 1946

8 Truman and Civil Rights
The “serious gap between our ideals and some of our practices… must be closed.” 1948 Orders End to Segregation in the Armed Forces And Civil Service

9 Truman and Civil Rights
Supports the trend in post war America against intolerance- Lesson of discrimination of the Nazis- rings loud and clear- Nuremberg Trials began, the truth of Nazi racism comes out War was fought for freedom- freedom should be available at home Some former soldiers don’t like racism in USA American society is developing conditions for change emerge

10 Emergence of the Civil Rights Movement
Anti-Semitism begins to decline-social clubs, universities, industries New Deal included African Americans in jobs and relief programs (not perfect, but not excluded) During War FDR desegregated War Industries African Americans in the North experience more integration- Jackie Robinson- Brooklyn Dodgers- signed

11 The South is Segregated and had limited signs of changing
NAACP: “It’s not Russia that threatens the United States so much as Mississippi.” Jim Crow South= segregated South Institutionalized, legal discrimination, limiting African Americans in public sphere- Schools, restaurants, hotels, restrooms, hotels, drinking fountains, movie theatres Separate but Equal practices- ruled constitutional with Plessey v. Ferguson Supreme Court ruled that separate public facilities was OK. State laws designed to limit African Americans-specifically voting Overturned with the Brown vs. Board of Education 1954 Reduction in lynching Increase in black voting

12 Incremental Civil Rights for African Americans
1946 Morgan v. Virginia- segregation in public interstate travel was unconstitutional 1950- Shelley v. Kraemer- restrictive covenants in housing- not selling property to members of certain groups violated the Constitution

13 Early Civil Rights Organization
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Precursor to Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC will be active in the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights Movement)

14 Civil Rights Truman desegregated the Military and Federal Civil Service Big step in the early struggle for an end to discrimination

15 Election 1948 Southern Democrats leave national party in response to Truman's support for Civil Rights Dixicrats Strom Thurmond- South Carolina Senator, runs for president Dewey runs for the Republicans Truman appeared to lose- but appeals directly to the people citing the “Do nothing Republican Congress” and Wins the Election


17 Essay: How do you account for the appeal of McCarthyism in the United States in the era following the Second World War?

18 Topics Legacy of the war- Appeasement- causes sensitivity to international issues Soviet Expansion in Europe Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia Chinese Revolution- Mao and Chiang Berlin Crisis- Airlift Soviet obtaining the Atomic Bomb 1949 Clause Fuchs-Soviet Spy named Whittiker Chambers– Alger Hiss Communism is seen as a threat to US way of life Republicans use the fear of Communism to criticize the New Deal, Truman Administration “Soft on communism” Fear of nuclear war by American public

19 1947 Federal Employee Loyalty Program
Truman implemented a program to end criticism of his administration being “Soft on Communism” Review complaints of disloyalty Program investigated thousands and found nothing substantial- however pushed people out of the government Invaded people’s private lives Significance: Another Cold War domestic reaction

20 Another Red Scare After WWII Americans became concerned with the threat of Communism’s expansion Resulted in search for spies and communists in then United States House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began during the war and became pre-occupied with the hunt for American “subversives” “Are you now or were you ever a communist?"

21 HUAC under Truman The “Hollywood Ten”
HUAC believed that some writers and producers in Hollywood were making movies sympathetic to communism and were trying to manipulate the American public 10 Screenwriters were found in contempt for refusing to answer questions and give information- they were sent to Prison- Subsequent actors, producers and writers will be investigated and if they have any connection to communism or sympatric to communism, they will be banned from the movie industry- “Blacklisted” Dalton Trumbo was the most famous of this group.

22 Hollywood Ten Dalton Trumbo Short Article click for more info

23 Nixon and HUAC In the Early Period- Richard Nixon becomes famous for his efforts to find communists in the US- he was a Congressman from California He gains fame from his prosecution and investigation of Alger Hiss- a State Department official who was giving information to the Soviets through a spy named Whittaker Chambers. Chambers was a Time magazine editor who received immunity for information. Hiss was never found guilty of spying but for perjury to the committee.

24 “Tricky Dick” First gains fame as member Of HUAC Pursues- Alger Hiss
Then VP for Eisenhower

25 McCarthyism 1950 The greatest image of Red Scare 1950’s is Joseph McCarthy- Republican Senator from Wisconsin. He is associated with bullying, intimidating, and harassing witnesses Launched a crusade to find communists in the US He claimed there were 200 Communists in the State Department He finds public support for his attacks and used TV and Radio to gain support He is popular for a short time

26 McCarthy 1950 He said: “I have here in my hand a list of 205 (employees) known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.” This fed into the fear of communism and to the political attacks on Truman for being “soft on Communism” He spent the next two years raising malicious and reckless attacks

27 McCarthy Attacked George Marshall- great hero of WWII FDR’s chief of staff. Should be understood as a reaction against Democrat controlled government His movement appealed to Republicans and those affected by Communist take over in Eastern Europe (ethnic groups, Catholics) Legislation associated with the “Witch Hunt” Internal Security Act- said communist organizations had to register, members were ineligible for government and defense jobs

28 McCarthyism Much of his accusations were untrue People were ruined
McCarthyism is known as unprincipled abuse of rights and Smear attacks on character and loyalty

29 Lesson From History: What to do with political bullies:
Edward Murrow, See It Now (9th March, 1954) “The line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep into our own history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthty's methods to keep silent. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”

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