The Korean War
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- In 1950, Truman sent U.S. troops into Korea for U.N. authorized police action. Was he surprised that the U.S. became involved in the Korean conflict?
- Truman wanted to fight in Korea because he "felt certain that if South Korea was allowed to fall Communist leaders would...override nations closer to our own shores." Did he think that Communism was something that the U.S. should have been concerned about or not?
- At the beginning of the war, the American troops were very successful, fighting their way to the Chinese border. Did it seem that the U.S. was a powerful country? How did he feel when U.S. troops were pushed back to South Korea?
- President Eisenhower was elected during the Korean War. Did he vote in this election? Why did he vote the way he did? Did Eisenhower's military affiliation influence his vote?
- The fighting in Korea basically ended where it began, at the 38th parallel. How did this make him feel about the war? Did he think that the U.S. had made a statement about America's commitment to containing Communism? Did it feel like the fighting had been a pointless venture?
- How did the mood of the country at the end of the Korean War compare to the mood of the country at the finish of WWII? Why did he think that there was a difference?