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country taking about the “do-nothing” Congress.
- And Truman won! Why? Well, the US was doing well
economically, at peace, and united on foreign policy.
Plus, the ND coalition – blacks, union members, urban
ethnics, and most of the South – still remained, and
farmers joined as they worried the Republicans would
lower price supports.
- So Truman started off again all confident and excited –
he had a program called the Fair Deal, which he hoped
(but largely failed) to implement. The programs he did
manage to get passed are as follows: Welfare/Relief – He extended minimum wage,
extended Social Security coverage to thousands
of people, passed a Housing Act, and passed the
Agricultural Act of 1949, which gave farmers
90% of the market price as supports. Civil Rights – He desegregated the military,
appointed more blacks than ever to high offices,
and created a President’s Committee on Civil
Rights, which wrote what was to become the
agenda for the movement in the coming years –
To Secure These Rights (1947). Displaced Persons Act – He passed an act to
allow more refugees into the country.
- However, his attempts to modify TH, pass a civil right
bill, establish national health coverage, and get more
money for education were blocked by the Republican
Congress and special interests.
228 - Truman’s most significant legacy, however, is that he
strengthened the powers of the Presidency and made
many WWII agencies permanent – Atomic Energy
Commission, Department of Defense, CIA.
*The Eisenhower Presidency: Domestic Policies*
- The Presidential Election of 1952 was a huge victory
for war hero Dwight D. Eisenhower, who ran promising
to end the war in Korea and the whole virtuous-decentfriendly guy deal (“I Like Ike”). Besides winning the
presidency, the Republicans once again got both houses
- Overall, Eisenhower was a very popular President who
relied a lot on the delegation of authority to cabinet
members and didn’t have a clue what the heck was going
on. This wasn’t such a big deal, b/c his years...
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