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Harry S. Truman

A plain spoken native of Missouri and veteran of World War I, Harry S. Truman became president of the United States upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 1945. Truman led the nation through the waning days of World War II and made the fateful decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan to end the fighting in the Pacific. The decision remains the subject of controversy to this day, and Truman was not even aware of the bomb’s existence until he became president. Truman was reelected to the presidency in 1948. He died in 1972 at the age of 88.

The Men Against the Bomb

The Men Against the Bomb

Development and testing of the word’s first atomic bomb and the decision to use it against Japan were marked by heated debate about the consequences.   More »



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