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Postwar America U.S.    dominates global affairs THE FAIR DEAL The Fair Deal was the name given to President Harry Truman's domestic program.  Building on Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman believed that the federal government should  guarantee economic opportunity and social stability.  He struggled to achieve those  ends in the face of fierce political opposition from legislators determined to reduce the  role of government. Truman's first priority in the immediate postwar period was to make the transition to a  peacetime economy. Servicemen wanted to come home quickly, but once they arrived  they faced competition for housing and employment. The G.I. Bill, passed before the 
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Unformatted text preview: end of the war, helped ease servicemen back into civilian life by providing benefits such as guaranteed loans for home-buying and financial aid for industrial training and university education. More troubling was labor unrest. As war production ceased, many workers found themselves without jobs. Others wanted pay increases they felt were long overdue. In 1946, 4.6 million workers went on strike, more than ever before in American history. They challenged the automobile, steel, and electrical industries. When they took on the railroads and soft-coal mines, Truman intervened to stop union excesses, but in so doing he alienated many workers....
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  • Fall '10
  • PIETRZAK
  • President Harry Truman, immediate postwar period, peacetime economy. Servicemen, fierce political opposition, guarantee economic opportunity

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