American Experience

Truman and Abusing Power: Drafting Striking Workers

Clip: Season 24 | 2m 20s

When a new wave of striking unions shut down industries, Truman threatened to draft strikers into the army. "It was as high-handed, as unconstitutional, a measure as imaginable," says biographer David McCullough. "But he meant it."

Aired: 10/31/11

Rating: NR

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