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Bess Truman had never wanted to be the Vice President's wife, let alone the President's wife.
There was nothing about being recognized by strangers or superficial adulation that she found flattering. According to her daughter, however, Bess Truman's fear of public knowledge of her father's suicide was the primary reason she insisted on maintaining a low public profile.
In the s there still remained a stigma attached not only to the memory of the individual who had taken their own life but also to their surviving family members. Conventional in adhering strictly to the upper-middle class societal expectations, Mrs.
Truman seemed unable to cope with this ongoing possibility, but less so as a reflection on herself. Her primary concern seemed to have been her daughter and her elderly mother. Bess Truman almost never discussed her father with her daughter to the point where she had to clarify for an unwitting adult Margaret his first and middle name.
Most especially, the new First Lady remained even more keenly protective to her demanding elderly and ailing mother. The spouse of a suicide victim was especially singled out, often blamed as either creating an intolerable situation or failing to intercede.
Truman lived in fear that emotionally upsetting her mother could have a potentially damaging physical affect on her. A New Press Policy: As she returned with the President and Cabinet to Washington from the funeral of President Roosevelt, she asked Labor Secretary Frances Perkins if it was necessary for her to conduct press conferences as Eleanor Roosevelt had; in fact, her predecessor had already scheduled one for them both to appear, as a way of introducing Bess Truman to the reporters.
Assured that she could do as she wished, Bess Truman cancelled the press conference and never held one. Nor did she ever grant a full interview as First Lady to a newspaper or magazine.
Although she did respond to submitted written question from the press, her dictated answers were calculated to be cryptic and often sarcastic, reflecting her resentment at even being asked about what clothes she intended to wear to public social functions, considering that a private matter.
Eventually, when approached by reporters she knew and trusted, Mrs. Truman might offer a carefully worded response. Initial Resistance to Public Role: Just after the official mourning period for President Roosevelt ended in May ofduring what was her first sound and motion picture recorded event as First Lady and soon after seen by millions of Americans in theater newsreels, Mrs.
Truman realized how little control a public figure can have over the persona the mass media might convey of them. In the waning days of World War II, she went to christen two naval medical planes.
When she swung the traditional champagne bottle on the nose of the first plane, it repeatedly resisted shattering.
Always proud of her physical prowess, she kept trying as the media kept recording the incident. Finally, a serviceman smashed the bottle from below with a hammer, and it was later learned that the bottle had not been properly scored with a cut that would have let it smash upon impact.
There was no disparaging analysis of the incident but to Bess Truman her personal dignity had felt compromised, according to her daughter. View on YouTube Eager to return to what she assumed would be the relative anonymity of the family home in Independence, Bess Truman discovered that even there she would generate enormous interest.
She was shocked to find a startling mob of regional reporters gathered at the local depot when she arrived from Washington, estimated at nearly two hundred. Inside the "Summer White House," there was chaos, the new First Lady having scheduled an entire renovation of the old mansion and not realizing how the presence of carpenters and painters would intensify her feeling she had lost her privacy.
Outside the house was an endless stream of tourists, glaring and shuffling along, hoping to glimpse the new First Lady. Some even felt free to snip her prize tulips and roses.
Everything worsened when the President made a brief stop home, on his way from the west coast to the east coast. Rather than escape the media, her presence in Missouri made her an easier target for the press and public.
Resentful, she refused to pose for wire service photographs in front of the house with her husband and daughter. In Washington, she also discovered that the Secret Service would not permit her to continue driving her own car, and would follow her every move when she left the White House.
At least in Missouri, she was able to insist that they not trail her as she went about her mundane tasks. What she could not stop, however, were those bold citizens who might follow her or even snap her photograph as they passed her on the street.
She invariably gave them not a smile, but a stone cold glare. View on YouTube Charges of Racism: The incident might not have generated as much attention as it did had it not been for the fact that, after the First Lady had accepted the invitation, the African-American jazz pianist Hazel Scott had been refused use of the hall for a public concert and the fact that she also happened to be married to the powerful African-American Congressman Adam Clayton Powell.An Orange Herald spherical warhead installed in the centre section frame of a Blue Danube casing prior to the Operation Grapple tests at Christmas Island.
No Other Choice: Why Truman Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Japan "Truman and his advisers made the only decision they could have made; indeed, considered in the context of World War II, it wasn’t. Hiroshima (広島市, Hiroshima-shi, Japanese: [çiɾoɕima]) is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu – the largest island of urbanagricultureinitiative.comima gained city status on April 1, On April 1, , Hiroshima became a designated urbanagricultureinitiative.com of August , the city had an estimated population of 1,, A letter written by Harry Truman on January 12, to Prof.
James L. Cate which seems to clearly present his understanding of the necessity of using the atomic bombs to end World War II. Quotes from prominent Americans on why the atomic bombing of Japan was probably wrong. Atomic bomb blast.
About the Collection. This collection focuses on the decision to drop the atomic bomb. It includes 76 documents totaling pages covering the years through Supporting materials include an online version of “Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History,” edited by Robert H.