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    President Harry Truman's Final Report to the Nation Signed "Harry Truman." Six pages, 8" x 14", White House, Washington D.C., delivered at 10:30 Eastern, Thursday, January 15th, 1953. This mimeographed manuscript was a copy of the speech Truman gave in his last week in office. It reads in part, "…Next Tuesday, General Eisenhower will be inaugurated as President of the United States. A short time after the new President takes his oath of office, I will be on the train going back home to Independence, Missouri. I will once again be a plain, private citizen of this Republic…The greatest part of the President's job is to make decisions-big ones and small ones, dozens of them almost every day. The papers may circulate around the Government for a while but they finally reach his desk. And then, there's no place else for them to go. The President-whoever he is-has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job…I suppose that history will remember my term in office as the years when the "cold war" began to overshadow our lives. I have had hardly a day in office that has not been dominated by this all-embracing-struggle- this conflict between those who love freedom and those who would lead the world back into slavery and darkness. And always in the background there has been the atomic bomb…" This document is full of historical allusion and memories of the Truman term. A truly handsome Truman document.
    The manuscript is in very fine condition; the usual folds are present. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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