Why Did President Truman Decide For The Korean War? Essay

2004 Words Nov 11th, 2014 9 Pages
Why did President Truman decide for the U.S to be involved in the Korean War?

A. Plan of Investigation This investigation assesses President Truman’s justification for the U.S to be involved in the Korean War of 1950. In order to evaluate the justification for Truman’s decisions, the investigation is listed through the events that led up to the War in chronological order from the initial days before the War and into the War. This supports the purpose in why the war started and what led Truman to aid Korea during the war. Two of the sources used in this essay, The Korean War: Challenges in Crisis, Credibility, and Command, compiled by Burton I. Kaufmann and Rise to Globalism, written by Stephen Ambrose are then evaluated for their origins, purposes, values and limitations.

B. Summary of Evidence Prior to the Korean War, Korea was finally free from being reigned under the Japanese empire for forty years ever since the first half of the 20th century. (Kaufman, 4). During the Second World War Truman, dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan in an attempt to end the war quickly without further loss of war efforts and time. The dropping of the two atomic bombs drove the Japanese to the peace table where they signed to surrender. In 1950, the Korea Peninsula was divided between a Soviet-backed government in the north and an American-backed government in the south. The division of Korea into two halves had come at the end of World War II. In August of 1945, the Soviet Union…

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