Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

January 5, 1949


The State of the Union Address is an annual speech to congress given by the president in which (s)he discusses various issues and problems facing the country. Truman delivered his 4th State of the Union Address on January 5, 1949. Among the issues he discussed were poor medical care, low minimum wage, inflation, poorly managed natural resources, and poor education. He also proposed several solutions to these problems, including a request to give congress the power to impose price ceilings and an endorsement of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. He also proposed new tax legislation to help balance the national budget, and called for changes in labor-related laws. Other priorities were improvement of Social Security, Education, health care, public housing, and civil rights.

American History Truman High School Independence, Mo