1884 - 1972
Harry S. Truman
No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected. Truman Doctrine
Harry S. Truman became President of the United States with the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. During his nearly eight years in office, Truman confronted enormous challenges in both foreign and domestic affairs. Truman's policies abroad, and especially toward the Soviet Union in the emerging Cold War, would become staples of American foreign policy for generations. At home, Truman protected and reinforced the New Deal reforms of his predecessor, guided the American economy from a war-time to a peace-time footing, and advanced the cause of African-American civil rights. Historians now rank Truman among the nation's best Presidents.
LBJ conversation with Harry Truman
President Johnson talked with former President Truman about the strains of being president
An American life in the "American century"
Historian David Kennedy places FDR into context of the 20th century
By the book: Harry S. Truman
Miller Center historian Mel Leffler picks the best books on Truman’s presidency