For Immediate Release: October 12, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
816-268-8200 , Ext. 257
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations



Former Sen. Paul Simon to Discuss Trumanís Legacy

(Independence, MO.) - In January 1949, President Harry S. Truman announced to Congress in his State of the Union Address that he wanted a "Fair Deal" for the American people. The layout of this "Fair Deal" domestic policy outlined Trumanís plans for government spending and legislation on housing, equal employment, agricultural issues, education and healthcare.

The origins and impact of this domestic policy will be explored in "The Fair Deal," a two-part lecture series presented by the Harry S. Truman Library on October 28 and November 1. The two lectures in "The Fair Deal" series will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Truman Library auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

This special series will feature knowledgeable speakers who will discuss the origins and current implications of the Fair Deal and the role of government in domestic affairs today.

Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999: "President Trumanís Fair Deal"

The first program of this series will feature Dr. Alonzo Hamby, author of the Truman biography, Man of the People: A Life of Harry S. Truman, who will talk about the influences that led Truman to articulate his Fair Deal, and the place this policy has in recent American history. Following Hambyís presentation, Dr. Dennis Merrill, professor of history at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, will comment on Hambyís remarks.

Dr. Hamby has authored and edited several works about Harry Truman, including Harry S. Truman and the Fair Deal and Beyond the New Deal: Harry S. Truman and American Liberalism. Dr. Hamby is currently a Distinguished Professor of twentieth-century America and American historiography at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Monday, November 1, 1999: "The Legacy of the Fair Deal"

Trumanís legacy will be examined by former Senator Paul Simon in the second program of the series on Nov. 1. Simon, now Director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois at Carbondale, will give a contemporary discussion of the legacy of Trumanís Fair Deal and address the components of The Fair Deal as they resonate in current American policies and programs. In addition, he will examine the role of government today in the areas included in Trumanís Fair Deal. Simon will also consider the differences between Trumanís day and the present to examine the parts of Trumanís plan that are appropriate in todayís government.

Immediately following the lecture of Trumanís legacy, Jack Cashill, a thought-provoking Kansas City conservative journalist who comments on political issues, will act as counterpoint to former Sen. Simon. Cashill is a contributing writer for Ingramís Magazine.

Before leaving the U.S. Senate in 1997, Simon served as Illinois senator for twelve years. In addition, he spent ten years as a Congressman for Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives. Simon is currently a professor at Southern Illinois University, where he teaches classes in political science and journalism.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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