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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/02/1951 - HFSID 16536

PRESIDENT TRUMAN THANKS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS FOR SUPPORTING HIS CALLING FOR A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE FACE OF COMMUNIST AGGRESSION HARRY S TRUMAN President Truman signs a typed letter in response to a letter for the National Association of Broadcasters Typed Letter Signed:

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PRESIDENT TRUMAN THANKS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS FOR SUPPORTING HIS CALLING FOR A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE FACE OF COMMUNIST AGGRESSION

HARRY S TRUMAN
President Truman signs a typed letter in response to a letter for the National Association of Broadcasters
Typed Letter Signed: "Harry Truman", 1p, 6½x8½. Washington, D.C., 1951 January 2. On White House stationery to Honorable Justin Miller, President, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, D.C. Begins: "Dear Judge Miller". In full: "I appreciate your letter of December fifteenth on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters. This assurance of support and cooperation in our mobilization program is indeed helpful to me. Many, many thanks for writing." On December 15, 1950, faced with military setbacks in the Korean War caused by the entry of Communist China and confronted with the Soviet Union's designs on Europe, Japan and the Far East, President Harry S Truman (1884-1972) declared the United States to be in a "state of emergency". Truman's announcement came in his radio address to the nation after days of deliberation with his top security advisors and members of Congress. The President had made his decision after having been advised of America's state of preparedness in the event of a full-scale war with China, the Soviet Union or both. Since he learned that America was woefully short in its military preparedness (there was only one Army division in the U.S. in December 1950, for example), Truman's plan called for a "stepped-up mobilization" of the country's human resources and military-industrial complex. By calling for a moderate mobilization, the President was able to get America ready for large-scale war without diplomatically declaring that intention. The state of emergency gave the President more powers without the need for Congressional approval. Among these powers were the ability to give military contracts precedence over civilian and imposition of wage and price controls. Truman's plan gained widespread support in the U.S. This letter is in response to one of many pledges of support that the President received following his radio address. Truman had been Vice President less than three months when he assumed the nation's highest office upon the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. During his term as 33rd U.S. President (1945-1953), Truman oversaw the surrender of Germany and ordered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WWII before fighting the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine, a policy granting military and economic aid to Greece and Turkey in their struggle against Communist aggression. He also ordered U.S. troops into action when Communist North Korea invaded American-supported South Korea. His domestic policy, the Fair Deal, increased the minimum wage fro 40 to 75 cents an hour and extended social security benefits to ten million additional people. Lightly creased, not at signature. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 33x20½.

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