- American presidents usually had a fairly free hand when it came to carrying
out foreign affairs. However, if they signed up to any agreements they had
to get approval from the US Congress.
- Truman's speech gave a detailed account of all the issues covered at Potsdam.
This extract focuses on Truman's decisions about America's use of the atomic
- Truman made the speech on August 10th 1945. The USA dropped atomic bombs
on Japan on August 6th (Hiroshima) and 9th (Nagasaki) 1945.
- Truman told Stalin about the bomb at the Potsdam Conference. Truman thought
that Stalin did not understand what he was talking about. Stalin thought that
Truman was trying to intimidate him.