2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

The Passionate Crusade of Harry S. Truman: The Educational Gains of a Lover of History
Cassandra J. Mundt
Dr. Jeff Gall, Faculty Mentor

Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States of America and namesake of our University, was a passionate proponent of education as well as a lifelong reader. Among all the world-changing events surrounding his presidency, Truman made many attempts to guarantee higher education for young adults who were formerly unable to reach these levels. This paper examines Truman's appeals to Congress during his term in office to create conversation and momentum toward improving the educational situation of America's youth. It also discusses how Truman was finally able to utilize his Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, to leave his love of history and learning to the youth of America for generations to come.

Keywords: Harry S. Truman, education, higher education, history, Presidential Library

Topic(s):History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 7-4
Location: OP 2111
Time: 9:00

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