Truman’s 1934 Senate Campaign

By Chad King

Today I scanned a small portion of a larger collection of President Truman’s papers. This collection consisted of Truman’s speeches from his first senate campaign of 1934. At first glance, the collection seemed like a bunch of typed copies of his speeches, but as I glanced through the collection, I found that Truman edited many of them with his own hand. This showed that Truman was hands-on in the editing process and has a strong say in what information he felt was important to the electorate. At one point, Truman completely rewrote the conclusion to a speech before it was delivered to the public as seen below.


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