50 years ago tomorrow, the Korean War broke out. President Truman had just arrived in Independence for a few days with his family when he got the word. Archivist Scott Rowley at the Truman Library says Truman feared his actions would trigger World War III, but he felt the United States could not ignore North Korea’s invasion of the South. Rowley says there was a lot of public apathy about the Korean War–but not the opposition that surfaced in the Vietnam conflict.
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