Home Search The American Presidency Project
John Woolley and Gerhard Peters Home Data Documents Elections Media Links
 
• Public Papers of the Presidents
• State of the Union
Addresses & Messages
• Inaugural Addresses
• Farewell Addresses
• Weekly Addresses
• Fireside Chats
• News Conferences
• Executive Orders
• Proclamations
• Signing Statements
• Press Briefings
• Statements of
 Administration Policy
• Economic Report of the President
• Debates
• Convention Speeches
• Party Platforms
• 2016 Election Documents
• 2012 Election Documents
• 2008 Election Documents
• 2004 Election Documents
• 1996 Election Documents
• 1968 Election Documents
• 1960 Election Documents
• 2017 Transition
• 2009 Transition
• 2001 Transition
• White House Media Pool Reports
Data Index
Audio/Video Index
Election Index
Florida 2000
Presidential Libraries
View Public Papers by Month and Year

INCLUDE documents from the Office of the Press Secretary
INCLUDE election campaign documents, vice presidential documents, first lady, and other executive branch officals
Search the Entire Document Archive
Enter keyword: 


AND OR NOT
Limit by Year

From:
To    :

Limit results per page

INCLUDE documents from the Office of the Press Secretary

INCLUDE election campaign documents, vice presidential documents, first lady, and other executive branch officals

Instructions
You can search the Public Papers in two ways:

1. Search by Keyword and Year
You can search by keyword and choose the range of years within your search by filling out the boxes under Search the Public Papers.

2. View by Month and/or Year
Select the month and/or year you would like information about and press View Public Papers. Then choose a Public Paper and the page will load for you.

Search Engine provided by the Harry S. Truman Library. Our thanks to
Jim Borwick and Dr. Rafee Che Kassim at Project Whistlestop for critical assistance in the implementation of the search function, and to Scott Roley at the Truman Library for facilitating this collaboration.
 
Harry S. Truman: Remarks to Delegates of Girls Nation.
Harry
Harry S. Truman
178 - Remarks to Delegates of Girls Nation.
August 1, 1951
Public Papers of the Presidents
Harry S. Truman<br>1951
Harry S. Truman
1951
Location:

District of Columbia
Washington
Font Size:
Print
The American Presidency Project

Promote Your Page Too

I SINCERELY hope that no hats or dresses will be spoiled by this sprinkle. I didn't bring it on. In fact, I asked for good weather, because I hope that you have a pleasant time while you are here in Washington.

I understand what you are doing: studying Government, learning how it works, and preparing yourselves to make it work when your turn comes to run it, and it will come very soon--much before you anticipate that it will be here.

Your business will be to carry on this great Republic of the United States, I think the greatest Government in the history of the world.

It is a wonderful thing to have you young ladies interested in government and how it works. The most important thing that we have in our country is freedom of action and freedom of the individual. The fundamental part of the Constitution, in my opinion, is the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to it. I hope all of you will study those first Ten Amendments to the Constitution; and when you become responsible for the operation of the Government, see that those Ten Amendments are always enforced.

That is what we mean by freedom of the individual. That is the difference between us and a dictatorship or a totalitarian state. The very fact that you can come here and face your Chief Executive and listen to him discuss with you the Government under which we live is something not done in a great many countries. It is most difficult to see the heads of most states. You have to go through much formality--you probably couldn't even get to the front door. But you can come to the White House, you can interview the President, and he is glad to have you.

I hope you enjoy yourselves, and I sincerely hope that this sprinkle hasn't given anybody any colds.
Thank you very much.


Note: The President spoke at 12:45 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the White House. The delegates were in Washington attending the Fourth Girls Nation of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Citation: Harry S. Truman: "Remarks to Delegates of Girls Nation.," August 1, 1951. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=13863.
Home         
© 1999-2018 - Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley - The American Presidency Project ™
Locations of visitors to this page