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Harry S. Truman: Embodiment of Missourian and American Cultural and Political Values?
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Perhapsno one in Missouri history embody’s the overlapping politics and valuesof Missouri and of the United States quite as famously as Harry S.Truman, who was born May 8, 1884 in this modest home in Lamar, Missouri (Links to an external site.), volunteered in 1917 and served in World War I (Links to an external site.),began his political career in 1922 as an administrative judge (really,an executive position on the order of a county commissioner) in JacksonCounty, Missouri, went on to serve from late 1935 into early 1945 asU.S. Senator from Missouri, then, for several weeks as U.S.Vice-President in 1945, and, finally, as President of the United States,from the time of President Franklin Roosevelt’s death in April of 1945,until he left office in January of 1953, whereupon Truman retired tohis home in Independence, Missouri, where he lived until his death in1972. Let’s take a virtual tour of Truman’s Independence, Missourihome. Here is the outside (Links to an external site.)of the late President’s home. Please take about ten to thirtyminutes and “walk around” the interior of the home virtually, beginning here, in the kitchen (Links to an external site.).
Why have I dropped you into the middle of the retired president’skitchen? Like the rest of the house, it has been kept just as it waswhen he died. To my thinking, that kitchen, and especially its floor,gives evidence of somewhat-lost virtues, that were a part ofTruman’s–and, perhaps, at one time, many Missourians’ and Americans’character. What am I referencing? Well, look closely at the linoleumfloor in that kitchen. Sometime prior to his 1972 death, when thatfloor covering began to fray and to peel up from the sub-floor, theex-President of the United States of America went down into his basementin that home, retrieved, a fistful of nails, returned to the kitchenand hammered those nails, which you can still see (Links to an external site.),into the linoleum to hold it down. Can you imagine an elderlyex-President of the United States today living so modestly, so frugally,and so independently–as perhaps befits a citizen of Independence,Missouri?
Now, click your way through the interior of Truman’s home. What does that interior tell youabout his values? If in fact, we cannot imagine a former POTUS livingso close to a middle-class lifestyle today, what does that tell us aboutincome disparity in America today, versus in 1972, when Truman died?1972 was, in fact, the year when, by some economic measures, the realwages of middle-class Americans reached their all-time peak,considerably exceeding inflation-adjusted numbers today. Are Missouriand American political and economic values quite so modest and practicaltoday? Could a “simple man from Missouri,” as Truman has been called,become President of the United States today? Will we ever again havethe degree of relative income equality that largely prevailed in theUnited States by 1972, but, if economic statistics be believed, has notsince?
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