American Experience

Truman on Crises: Crisis in Korea

Clip: Season 24 | 2m 45s

President Truman interpreted the North Korean attack upon South Korea as direct aggression from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union's support for the invasion, however, was limited and not driven by the Soviet leader Stalin. "What the United States got involved with in 1950 was not aggression from the Soviet Union," says historian Walter LaFeber, but "an incredibly bloody Civil War in Korea."

Aired: 10/31/11

Rating: NR

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