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Harry Truman Inaugurated 33rd President of the US

On the death of President Roosevelt, Truman succeeded to the presidency, assuming power at a very critical time. His presidency saw victory over Germany, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of Japan and the end of WWII, the founding of the UN, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, the Truman Doctrine to contain Communism, the beginning of the Cold War, the creation of NATO, and the Korean War. What oft-quoted phrases did Truman popularize?



Jules Verne

Jules Verne was a French author and pioneer of the science-fiction genre. He drew upon his interest in science and geography to write a series of romances of extraordinary journeys in which he anticipated, with remarkable foresight, many scientific and technological achievements of the 20th cent. He wrote more than 50 books by the time he died, among them the popular A Journey to the Center of the Earth. How did Pierre-Jules Hetzel, Verne's publisher, influence and change Verne's work?

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Henry Clay

Henry Clay, known as the "Great Compromiser," was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His multiple bids for the presidency all failed, but he was nevertheless extremely influential in US politics. He orchestrated the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states, and he attempted to strengthen the nation's economy through his American System, which was designed to help what sector of the American economy?

Last updated on Thursday, 12th April 2007

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