ICL: HARRY S. TRUMAN – Starts 9/18 (Mondays 3:15-5:15 p.m. for 6 weeks)

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Name: ICL: HARRY S. TRUMAN – Starts 9/18 (Mondays 3:15-5:15 p.m. for 6 weeks)
Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM EDT
Event Description:
HARRY S. TRUMAN – Starts 9/18 (Mondays 3:15-5:15 p.m. for 6 weeks) by Bob Short
The death of Franklin Roosevelt as World War II entered its final stages thrust a little known vice president onto the world stage. It was up to Harry Truman to fill the gigantic shoes of a President who had guided the country through the Great Depression and almost through World War II. Truman knew nothing about the atomic bomb or Roosevelt's dealing with the Allies. He did know, however, that a great president had died and the country was stuck with a novice to face the challenge of ending the most cataclysmic war in history and to make sense out of the complex peace that would follow.
Many expected little from a Truman presidency but the Senator from Missouri fooled them by solving some of the most momentous problems of the twentieth century by making the right decisions at the right time.
This course is about America's 33rd president who had the courage to drop atomic bombs -- Little Boy and Fat Man -- on Japan to end World 'War II. We will study the Manhattan Project that led to the construction of the bombs and hear from some of the scientists who developed them just ahead of Adolph Hitler's effort to beat us to the punch.
We will study Truman solution to a Soviet blockade of Berlin with an unprecedented airlift that forced Joseph Stalin to lift his hold on the city and open up traffic between the sectors governed by the Allies.
We will also discuss the Truman Doctrine, his "Fair Deal" and Marshall plans that stimulated spectacular economic recovery in war-torn Western Europe.
The course will be led by author and political historian Bob Short, who has been an instructor at ICL for the past decade. Short is a Young Harris grad who is the recipient of several state and national awards for excellence in documenting political history,
ICL Classroom at Young Harris College.
Date/Time Information:
Starts 9/18 (Mondays 3:15-5:15 p.m. for 6 weeks)
Contact Information:
For more information please visit www.iclyhc.org for registration and detailed course information or call 706.379.5194 and leave a message or send an email to icl@yhc.edu.
Course fee $20.
(Requires ICL membership.  If you are not currently a member, the membership fee for Fall only is $10 and is good until 12/31/2017).
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