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    Harry S. Truman Signed Presidential Address Delivered at the Reunion of the 35th Division in Springfield, Missouri. Five pages, 8" x 14", June 7, 1952. In the speech, Truman discusses the rise of Communism and the importance of working for peace. In part:

    "You will remember that the Soviet Union had set off its first atomic explosion in the fall of 1949. Shortly after that, I directed the top officials of our Government to make a new study of the foreign policies and the military potential of the Soviet Union, taking into account the fact that the Soviet Union now had the secret of the atomic bomb. I directed our officials to try to find out whether the Soviet Union was headed for war, and what we should do to deter and prevent such a conflict...It seemed clear, as a result of this study, that the United States and all other free nations were faced with a great and growing danger. It seemed clear that we could meet the danger only by mobilizing our strength - and the strength of our allies - to check and deter aggression. This mean a great military effort in time of peace. It meant doubling or tripling our budget, increasing taxes heavily, and imposing various kinds of economic controls. It meant a great change in our normal peacetime way of doing things. These were the problems that were being laid on my desk at the time I spoke to you in St. Louis in 1950. Just three weeks later, the communists invaded the Republic of Korea. That made the danger clear to everyone. The invasion of Korea demonstrated to all free nations that they had to have much stronger defenses to prevent communist conquest. As a result, the free nations have been moving forward since the middle of 1950 to build bigger defenses. Our own country has taken the lead, because we are the strongest of the free nations. We have made a lot of progress in these two years. We have reached a number of the goals we set for ourselves back in 1950. We still have a long way to go in many respects, but if we stick to our course we can create the kind of strong, free world that we need to guarantee security and peace. We can win peace. And we are going to do it..." Signed by Truman in black ink on last page. Together with the original letter of transmittal (and cover) dated July 3, 1952, from Matthew J. Connelly, Secretary to the President.

    Condition: Flattened folds, speech pages held together with a staple that is slightly rusted, spot of soiling at bottom corner from rust residue. Overall, all documents are very good.

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