Harry Truman’s 4th Of July Message – July 4, 1947

Happy 4th from Harry.

Happy 4th from Harry.

President Truman – 4th of July Message – July 4, 1947 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

4th of July, 1947. Smack in the middle of Postwar reconstruction and grumblings of Cold Wars and Iron Curtains and talk of Independence and the Middle East getting ready to explode. Of instability and civil wars in Greece and refugees and displaced persons and cities slowly coming back to life.

And there we were, celebrating our own Independence. The sigh of relief and the Big Question Mark. One war ends and another threatens. The future was bright, even if bright meant the initial blast and the fallout after and no life left in between. Brave times and America was still the land of opportunity and still gladly accepting huddled masses.

That was The Fourth Of July in 1947. Not a whole lot different than the Fourth Of July in 2015, but people and circumstances and motives have changed – no longer a Cold War but a war of ideologies. No longer Iron Curtains but melting ice caps. The huddled masses huddle adrift on boats and not on Ellis Island. Some things change – some things remain the same. Human nature just never goes anywhere.

And it’s another Fourth Of July – where the fireworks happen on the 2nd or 3rd or even the 1st – and the Roman Candles trigger PTSD and a good excuse to get loaded. And its another celebration and another holiday and the last one until September. Better make it last.

So here is President Harry S. Truman‘s 4th Of July Address, as the world turned in 1947.

Enjoy – stay safe – forget sane.

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