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1 Truman’s Domestic Policies

2 LEGISLATION Atomic Energy Act: – Civilian control not military Employment Act – Est. Council for Ec Advisors Taft-Hartley Act – Repub attack on labor – Congress overrode HT’s veto Committee on Civil Rights – Leads to desegregation of armed forces and federal employment – Jackie Robinson

3 ELECTION OF 1948 – Truman (D) “Do Nothing Republican Congress” Popularity from airlift, support of Israel, cold war fight – Dewey (R) NY governor – Wallace (Pr) FDR’s Sec of Commerce – Thurmond (Dixiecrat) Racist

4 FAIR DEAL Extend the New Deal Education, housing, insurance Results: – Nat’l Housing Act – SSA expanded – Minimum wage $.40 to.$75 – Civil Rights leg blocked by S.

5 LEGISLATION Executive Order 9835 – Loyalty oath for fed employees McCarren Internal Security Act – Communist organizations had to register Immigration and Naturalization Act – Barred subversives from citizenship 22 nd Amendment: two-term limit for president

6 HUAC – Rooting out subversives in Hollywood – Blacklisting, intimidation, peer pressure – Some actors helped the govt (Reagan, Disney) – Others protested (Bogart, Bacall, John Huston)

7 SPIES! Alger Hiss – Sentenced to 5 yrs for perjury in 1950; served 2 Rosenbergs – Executed – First civilians executed for espionage in US hst


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