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Harry Truman was considered one of the most successful presidents in the history of the United States.

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Harry Truman was considered one of the most successful presidents in the history of the United States. This "tough little man" who had no college education or foreign policy background "made more difficult and far-reaching decisions than any other president in our history" (McCullough p. 299). Not only was there a war going on when Truman succeeded Roosevelt, but there was many other social and political problems arising all over the world. "Truman stepped into the job with alacrity and confidently made decisions that led the country to victory in the Second World War"(McCullough p. 290). After World War Two President Truman and the United States feared of communist spread through Europe and Asia. Coming into the presidency Truman was not presidential material, he did not have many political skills or goals, and he wasn't mannerly in appearance or speech. He proved the world wrong throughout his less than eight years in office. He proved he had excellent leadership skills to be president through his foreign policy and domestic policy, despite the republican control in Congress. ...read more.

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This money would re-build the countries economy and armies. In response to this "the Soviet Union tightened its control in Eastern Europe" (Boyer p.795). The $17 billion given to oversea countries turned out to be a success for Truman and the United States. Although the Soviets were angered for the United States doing this, the United States built up respect from other countries that would help us in the long run. Truman wasn't done with his communist break-up strategy just yet. He set up the Berlin Airlift when "Stalin blocked all highways through the Soviet zone in Berlin"(Boyer p. 795). Because of this action on the Soviets, Truman decides to send in massive airlifts to provide the people of Berlin food and assistance. Another accomplishment of Truman was the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This was a military alliance which provided a common defense against the Soviets and "marking an end of U.S. isolationism" (Boyer 797). NATO guaranteed that any country that signed the treaty would support the other countries that signed it in time of war. ...read more.

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Many obstacles came his way trying to pass these legislative programs, especially the Republican majority in Congress, inflation, and the war. Trumans repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act proved he was a friend of labor. The Act said that people must join unions to get a job. Truman was not in favor of this act passed by Republicans. Harry Truman was one of the most successful presidents there ever was. He not only thought about the well being of the United States, but he helped many countries and people all over the world. He sent billions of dollars to other countries to help them fight the communist control. He had little education and "came into office not knowing any foreign policy establishment in Washington" (McCullough p.297). His primary goal during his presidency was to stop communist control overseas, to create peace around the world, and to help the countries that are in need. His foreign policy with other nations proved to be successful, especially when Truman favored Israel's statehood. He proved America wrong by setting forth leadership skills during one of the toughest times in American history- The Cold War, and that is why he is ranked one of the most successful presidents. ...read more.

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