TRUMAN, Harry S. Typed letter signed (''Harry Truman'') as President, to Edward D. McKim, Washington, 9 November 1945. 1 page, 4to (8 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.), White House stationery, envelope, in very fine condition.
TRUMAN, Harry S. Typed letter signed ("Harry Truman") as President, to Edward D. McKim, Washington, 9 November 1945. 1 page, 4to (8 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.), White House stationery, envelope, in very fine condition.
TRUMAN OPPOSES THE EFFORTS OF THE "SABOTAGE PRESS" TO "MAKE A SCOUNDREL OUT OF ROOSEVELT"
Only seven months after assuming the office of the presidency, Truman states that he has no intent of allowing the press to criticize the record of Franklin Roosevelt. Responding to McKim's letter, he writes: "The object of the press now, of course, is to make a scoundrel out of Roosevelt, if they can, and naturally I am not going to allow that to happen." Truman also defends his unemployment legislation: "The $25 a week thing has been so thoroughly and completely misrepresented that I doubt very much whether it will ever be passed...You hear all sorts of stories about people not taking jobs but, it is my opinion, a working man has a right to take a vacation the same as an economic royalist and, if he doesn't want to go to work right away after he quits his government job, I can't find any fault and I think eventually it will work out all right."
In September 1945, Truman sent a sixteen-thousand word message to Congress proposing full employment and fair-employment practice bills and federal control of the unemployment compensation program. The proposals ran into a hail of criticism and very little legislation was passed.