American Experience

The Presidents: Truman

Season 10 Episode 1 | 4h 10m 35s | Video has closed captioning.

Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. As president, Harry Truman was responsible for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II and finding America's place in the international order at the start of the Cold War.

Aired: 12/29/08

Expired: 02/27/18

Rating: TV-PG

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Original funding for Truman provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Liberty Mutual, Scotts/Miracle-Gro, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS stations and the Missouri Humanities Council. Additional funding for the Presidents Collection provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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