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Presidents from Hoover through Truman, 1929-1953 : debating the issues in pro and con primary documents /
[compiled by] John E. Moser.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xviii, 235 p.
ISBN
0313314411 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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0313314411 (alk. paper)
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4621372
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-10-01:
Part of the projected nine-volume series "The President's Position: Debating the Issues," these volumes reveal how presidential policy decisions have influenced the lives of American citizens. Each featured issue was selected for its political, social, economic, or historical importance to the period and its significance in understanding presidential character. Each volume includes a series introduction, an overview of the individual presidencies covered, an introduction to prevailing issues and selected primary source documents in support of or opposition to the president's position, resolution of the issues, and long-term effects. A time line is included. The series makes clear that emphasis on and engagement with public policy have grown with successive presidencies although certain issues (e.g., taxes) have beleaguered George Washington, Bill Clinton, and every chief executive in between. Issues of global importance have become pervasive in presidential administrations as the US has assumed a world leadership role. Policy decisions are not formulated in a vacuum but in concert among Congress, political figures, and public opinion. This engaging series will be immensely useful for students embarking on historical research or preparing for debates or public policy analysis. K. M. Conley Illinois State University
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'œThe material will appeal to students and keep them reading past their research needs. It offers a unique approach for developing critical thinking skills that teachers will find helpful in preparing assignments. History and government students will find this series both interesting and useful as they experience these aspects of the presidency. Highly Recommended. Starred Review.'' The Book Report
"The material will appeal to students and keep them reading past their research needs. It offers a unique approach for developing critical thinking skills that teachers will find helpful in preparing assignments. History and government students will find this series both interesting and useful as they experience these aspects of the presidency. Highly Recommended. Starred Review."- The Book Report
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Should Hoover have taken more aggressive action to combat the Great Depression? Did Roosevelt's New Deal go too far? Should Truman have ordered the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima? These and other controversial issues stamped the presidencies of Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, and the crises they addressed marked a series of watersheds in American history. This rich resource of primary documents and commentary is a one-stop source for debating the central issues that shaped the Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman presidencies. In their own words, these presidents articulate their positions on the key issues of their presidencies. Juxtaposed to their statements are relevant and interesting original source statements by the opposition. These opposing documents, along with introductions which place the issues in political context, will enable students to debate the great issues of the day. This resource covers thirty-seven key issues and initiatives of the Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman presidencies. The entry on each issue contains an overview of the issue and discussion of opposing viewpoints, followed by a statement from the president and the text of an opponent's dissenting point of view. Among the issues covered are Hoover's legislative attempts to deal with the Great Depression; Roosevelt's formation of New Deal agencies, his effort to pack the Supreme Court, and the actions he took that led the United States into war; Truman's momentous decision to drop the bomb, his efforts to rebuild Europe after the war, his firing of General MacArthur, and his efforts to deal with labor disputes. The section on each president concludes with suggested reading for further study. An introductory overview to the period and a timeline place the issues in chronological context.
Table of Contents
Series Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Timelinep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)p. 11
The Agricultural Marketing Act (1929)p. 15
The London Naval Treaty (1930)p. 19
The Hawley-Smoot Tariff (1930)p. 24
The Wickersham Commission (1931)p. 29
The Veterans' Bonus Bill (1931)p. 34
The Muscle Shoals Joint Resolution (1931)p. 38
The War Debt Moratorium (1931)p. 42
The Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1932)p. 46
The Emergency Relief Bill (1932)p. 50
Recommended Readingsp. 54
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)p. 57
The Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933)p. 64
The Civilian Conservation Corps (1933)p. 68
The National Industrial Recovery Act (1933)p. 72
The Social Security Act (1935)p. 78
The National Labor Relations Act (1935)p. 84
The Wealth Tax (1935)p. 89
Supreme Court Reorganization (1937)p. 94
Executive Reorganization (1937-1938)p. 99
The Ludlow Amendment (1938)p. 104
The Fair Labor Standards Act (1938)p. 109
The Neutrality Revision (1939)p. 115
The Selective Service Act (1940)p. 120
Lend-Lease (1941)p. 125
The War Labor Disputes Act (1943)p. 132
Recommended Readingsp. 136
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)p. 139
The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb (1945)p. 144
Price Controls (1946)p. 150
The Truman Doctrine (1947)p. 155
The Taft-Hartley Act (1947)p. 160
Truman's Loyalty Program (1947)p. 166
The Marshall Plan (1948)p. 171
Civil Rights (1948)p. 177
The Housing Act (1949)p. 182
The North Atlantic Treaty (1949)p. 187
National Health Insurance (1949)p. 193
Point Four (1949)p. 199
Intervention in Korea (1950)p. 205
McCarthyism (1950)p. 211
The Dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur (1951)p. 217
Recommended Readingsp. 223
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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