Harry Truman’s Liberalism is too often overlooked by historians… indoctrinated by the historiography of FDR and the New Deal. Truman’s Fair Deal was every bit as progressive and in regards to civil rights, it far exceeded the progress of his predecessor.
Truman was also dealing with the Red Storm rising… the ambitions of Stalin’s Russia in post-war Europe. Roosevelt had established an amiable tone with the Soviets at Yalta- the direct precursor to the aggressive moves of the Red Army in Eastern Europe. On April 23, 1945 Truman met with Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. The new American President made it clear that policies were changing-