Letter from Secretary of War Stimson to President Truman

Washington I have considered the paper entitled “Suggested Recommendations on Treatment of Germany from the…

Letter from the President’s Special Assistant (Hopkins) to the Secretary of State

Washington MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: With minor reservations about language which do not affect the…

Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Central European Affairs

Secret Washington SUGGESTED RECOMMENDATIONS ON TREATMENT OF GERMANY FROM THE CABINET COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESIDENT…

Memorandum Prepared in the Treasury Department

Top Secret Washington SUGGESTED POST-SURRENDER PROGRAM FOR GERMANY It is suggested that the position of…

President Truman to the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union (Stalin)

Washington   There was an agreement at Yalta in which President Roosevelt participated for the…

Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. Charles E. Bohlen, Assistant to the Secretary of State

Washington Participants: The President The Secretary of State Mr. Molotov Ambassador Harriman Ambassador Gromyko Admiral…

Memorandum by Mr. Charles E. Bohlen, Assistant to the Secretary of State, of a Meeting at the White House

2:00p Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945, vol. 5: Europe, pp. 252-59. PRESENT: The…

Excerpt from Third Plenary Meeting

Valta Conference Foreign Relations of the United States: The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945,…

Memorandum by Mr. Everett F. Drumright

Washington A BRIEF ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION IN CHINA ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE WAR…

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State, for Ambassador W. Averell Harriman

Moscow [Received 12:30 p. m.] For Ambassador Harriman. General Hurley’s report of his conversation with…

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (George F. Kennan) to the Secretary of State, transmitting communication from Ambassador Patrick J. Hurley

Moscow [Received April 17 – 5:05 p. m.] From Hurley. I concluded conference with Marshal…

President Roosevelt to Mr. Mao Tse-Tung

Washington My Dear Mr. Mao: I received your letter of November 10, 1944 upon my…

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (George Atcheson); Message from President Roosevelt to President Chiang Kai-shek

Washington, 8 p.m. Please deliver a close paraphrase of the following message from the President…

Excerpts from Roosevelt-Stalin Meeting

Livadia Palace 3:30 PM PRESENT UNITED STATES SOVIET UNION President Roosevelt Marshal Stalin Mr. Harriman…

Yalta Conference Briefing Book Papers on Policy Toward China

There exist areas of potential discord between our policies and those of the United Kingdom…

Excerpts from Memorandum of a Conversation (with President Roosevelt), by the Adviser on Caribbean Affairs (Charles Taussig)

Washington The President opened the conversation with a reference to the Yalta Conference, saying that…

The Ambassador in China (Hurley) to the Secretary of State

No. 111 Chungking [Received February 10.] Sir: Mr. Achilles Clarac, Counselor of the French Embassy,…

The Ambassador in China (Patrick J. Hurley), Temporarily in Iran, to the Secretary of State

Tehran Shocked by news death of President. As you know I am on a special…

The Yalta Conference

Washington, March 24 – The text of the agreements reached at the Crimea (Yalta) Conference…

D-Day Message

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon…

United States Note to Japan

Dept. of State Bulletin, Vol. V, No. 129 The text of the document handed by…

Japanese Note to the United States

(Generally referred to as the “Fourteen Part Message.”) Dept. of State Bulletin, Vol. V, No.…

Fireside Chat on the Recovery Program

Source: “Fireside Chat (Recovery Program),” July 24, 1933. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T.…

Address to the National Conference of Catholic Charities

Cardinal Hayes, Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen:1 Coming down through the crowd this evening, my…

Prayer on D-Day

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt D–Day Prayer, National Archives and Records Administration, 197375. My fellow Americans: Last…

Consequences of the Proposed “New Deal”

Source: “Address at Madison Square Garden in New York City,” October 31, 1932. Online by…

Campaign Address

On this trip through the Nation I have talked to farmers, I have talked to…

Radio Appeal for the NRA

After the adjournment of the historical special session of the Congress five weeks ago I…

Fireside Chat on the New Deal

Two months ago we were facing serious problems. The country was dying by inches. It…

Fireside Chat on the Plan for Reorganization of the Judiciary

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” March 9, 1937. Online by Gerhard Peters and John…

State of the Union Address (1937)

In March, 1933, the problems which faced our Nation and which only our national Government…

First Inaugural Address (1933)

Source: Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year…

Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Convention (1932)

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Address Accepting the Presidential Nomination at the Democratic National Convention in…

The Forgotten Man

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Forgotten Man,” April 7, 1932, The Public Papers and Addresses…

Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt

A most critical situation has arisen in the country of which I feel it my…

The Constructive Side of Government

I propose tonight to discuss the constructive side of government. I propose to outline something…

Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention (1936)

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Acceptance Speech for the Renomination for the Presidency, Philadelphia, Pa.,” June…

Criticism of the Neutrality Act of 1935

Sen. Tom Connally (D-TX) Is it an expression of neutrality to say to two warring…

Statement on Victims of Nazi Oppression

The United Nations are fighting to make a world in which tyranny and aggression cannot…

Fifty Years Hence

The great mass of human beings, absorbed in the toils, cares and activities of life,…

Every Man to His Post

On 5 September the Luftwaffe switched tactics. Suddenly the weight of enemy attack was concentrated…

The Lights are Going Out

I avail myself with relief of the opportunity of speaking to the people of the…

The Old Lion

I am grateful, President Valentine, for the honour which you have conferred upon me in…

’Give Us the Tools’

Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate in the previous November’s presidential elections, arrived in Britian in…

A Hush Over Europe

Churchill makes one final effort to arouse the Great Republic from its reveries, barely four…

The Press Under a Free Government

The relationship between governments and the press has always been recognized as a matter of…

A Warning on Isolationism

Mrs. Hays, members of the Women’s National Republican Club, I am delighted to be here,…

Wake Up America! The Hour is Late

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, thirty-nine members of…

We are not Prepared for War: Our Dangers are Here at Home

In the hope that it will save time and add to clarity, I have attempted…

What Our Foreign Policy Should Be

I speak tonight, to this famous club and to so many old friends, not as…
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