Truman Doctrine

1. Who wrote this document?

This document was written by President Harry S. Truman, the president of the United States. He took over the presidency on April 12, 1945 after the death of President Roosevelt.

2. Who is the intended audience?

The audience was the joint congress of the United States.

3. What is the story line?

Greece and Turkey need urgent funding to save their economies. Other development partners such as Britain and the United Nations are unable to answer to the distress calls, and the US as the last resort must respond, and the save the two democratic countries.

4. Why was this document written?

President Truman is trying to persuade to endorse requests made by two countries, Greece and Turkey, which are badly dilapidated, and are in need of urgent funding if they will maintain their stability and sovereignty.

5. What type of document is this?

This document is a text speech presented to the joint senate on March 12, 1947

6. What are the basic assumptions made in this document?

a. That the US is almost the only stable economy in the world

b. Communist was perpetuated by USSR

c. Both Greece and Turkey were democratic nations in a region that was previously occupied by communists

d. Britain was a great ally to the US during the World War II

7. Can I believe this document?

This document is credible because it represented the interests of Greeks and Turkish people. The President only interest was to extend support in the region and maintain stability that was essential for democracy to thrive.

8. What can I learn about the society that produced this document?

This document was drafted in an economically stable country. The country had won a major war against Germany and Japan. The government was busy establishing and cementing political and economic partnerships around the world.

9. What does this document mean to me?

This document shows the agility with which President Truman took over power from Roosevelt. His desire to push the country to be the sole super power in the world was great, and it is the platform he created that the current and past leaderships have managed to thrive.