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Reappraising history At Washington & Lee

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 2:00 am

When Harry Truman left office, he was reviled as a small-time president who presided over a scandal-ridden administration. Over the years, those scandals have been forgotten and history sees more clearly how his role in founding NATO and the Marshall Plan kept the peace, and freedom, in Europe for the rest of the 20th century.

When Dwight Eisenhower left office, he was considered a do-nothing president who liked to spend his time golfing. In the years since, he stock has risen as we see better now how he navigated the U.S. through the perilous early days of the Cold War and set in motion what we know today as the interstate highway system.

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