Truman's Radio Address
on Democratic Women's Day
September 27th, 1949
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·A. As you
listen to the introduction to the speech:
1) Identify the person
who introduced President Truman.
2) Explain why the
Democratic Party honors September 27th.
3) Note the location of the recording.
B. As you listen to President Truman's speech, answer the following:
1) What group in American
society is the target audience?
2) What approach does
President Truman use to attract his intended audience?
3) What evidence does the president offer to support his claim that the
Democratic Party offers more for women than any other group?
4) President Truman
cites major differences between the Democrats and other groups. As you
listen to or read his speech list three.
5) According to President Truman, how should the power of the government
6) The president explains how different groups in society are dependent
upon one another.
7) President Truman
addresses six serious problems facing America in 1949. List 3 of the 6.
Do we face any of these same issues today? If you answer yes, explain.
8) How does President Truman suggest that people respond to critics who
claim that the program of the Democratic party "is undermining local
government and the moral character of our citizens"?
1. After listening
to and/or reading the Democratic Women's Day Address, what were you
able to tell about the role of women in American society in 1949 that
is different from today?
Do you detect any similarities? Write a paragraph to explain your thoughts.
2. President Truman
commented in his speech that some people say "that measures for the
general welfare are merely Federal handouts to selfish or incompetent
people". He disagrees as
is shown by the legislation that he proposed be passed by the 81st Congress.
Do you agree with
the president or with his critics?
Write a statement to define your stand on Truman's general welfare program.
3. Imagine that you
are a speechwriter for the Republican National Party looking ahead to
the next presidential race. You are well aware that your party will need
the support of women to win the White House in 1952. Prepare a reply to
President Truman's Democractic Women's Day Address that is designed to
sway the vote of women in favor of republican candidates in local, state,
and national elections.
Research what happened
to Truman's legislation proposals during the 81st Congressional
Session. For example, what did Congress do about social security benefits?
minimum wage? appropriating more federal monies for education?