What happened aboard the battleship Missouri?
2. How many years
did it take for the U. S. to defeat the Empire of Japan?
3. What comfort
did President Truman offer to the families who lost loved ones during
4. Truman is considered
to be a President who could relate to, and represent the common man.
What evidence can be found in this speech to support this idea?
5. Why was it fitting
for the President to mention Franklin Roosevelt in this speech?
6. In his address President Truman proclaimed America to be "the
strongest nation on earth."
Can we still make this claim today? Support your answer with specific
7. The President
talks of certain "principles" Americans believed in that kept
our nation strong
during the war. List three.
8. President Truman reminded Americans that along with "rejoicing"
the victory, the nation
faced "difficulties." In your opinion, what were the problems
Truman was referring to?
9. In his speech
President Truman proclaimed September 2, 1945 to be V-J Day, a day "of
retribution." What do you think he meant?
10.What did you
learn about President Truman by listening to or reading this speech?
What did this speech tell you about American society during this era?
1. When Truman spoke of the "burdens and responsibilities"
of the United States as a victorious
nation, what did he mean? How did we treat the people of Japan after
their surrender? What
is our relationship with Japan today?
2. The United States
demanded that the Empire of Japan sign "terms of unconditional
What does unconditional surrender mean?
Was the United States justified in making this demand?