All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

The Presidency: Harry Truman at School 1892-1901

Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Harry Truman was by far the least formally educated president of the 20th century, with about nine years of schooling. Special assistant to the director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Raymond Geselbracht, discusses what Truman's elementary and high school education reveals about the president and his character. This event took place at the National Archives in Kansas City and was hosted by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:23am (ET)

Related Events

The Presidency of Harry Truman
Saturday, May 7, 2011     

President Clinton, former presidents and others paid tribute to President Truman's leadership during the end of World War Two and the beginning of the Cold War. He became president on April 12, 1945, when President Roosevelt died.

AHTV: Harry Truman, Author, "The Upset That Wasn't"
Saturday, December 26, 2009     

Harold Gullen talked about the 1948 presidential election. Late on election night, 1948, it was thought that Thomas Dewey had defeated Truman, but final returns showed that Truman was the victor.

Harry Truman and the 1948 Election
Saturday, October 30, 2010     

A famous photo from the election of 1948 is President Truman holding up a mistakenly printed Chicago Tribune newspaper with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman." Mr. Gullan speaks about his book, "The Upset That Wasn’t: Harry S. Truman & the Crucial Election of 1948."

Harry Truman 1949 Presidential Inauguration
Sunday, January 20, 2013     

This is Universal Newsreel footage of President Harry Truman's inaugural ceremony on January 20, 1949. Thenewsreel features highlights of President Truman's only inauguration ceremony. He became president in 1945 after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was elected In 1948, defeating Thomas Dewey in a race many thought he wouldn't win.

The Presidency: How Presidents Make Decisions
Sunday     

How do presidents make important decisions – whether it’s firing cabinet officials or going to war? Hear about their decision-making process from former chiefs of staff and advisers to presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The panelists also detailed their own relationships with the presidents they served, and discussed their time in the White House. The Panetta Institute for Public Policy hosted this event. Former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, moderated the discussion. 

The Presidency: Presidents & the CIA
Sunday, August 17, 2014     

Author and intelligence expert Melvin Goodman describes the history of the relationship between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency from the Truman years through today. He explains how President Truman's "quiet intelligence arm" became a politicized source of covert actions around the world from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Iran Contra affair. The National Archives at Kansas City hosted this event. 

The Presidency: Ford's First Press Conference
Sunday, August 10, 2014     

President Nixon resigned his office 40 years ago on August 9, 1974 in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. His vice president, Gerald Ford, was sworn-in as the 38th president that same day. This is his first press conference as president and is from August 28, 1974. The video is courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. 

The Presidency: Ford's First Address to Congress
Sunday, August 10, 2014     

President Nixon resigned his office 40 years ago on August 9, 1974. His vice president, Gerald Ford, was sworn-in as the 38th president that same day. This is President Ford’s first formal address to a joint session of Congress, which he delivered three days after he took the oath of office. The video is courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 

The Presidency: Gerald Ford Swearing-In Ceremony
Sunday, August 10, 2014     

President Nixon resigned his office 40 years ago on August 9, 1974. His vice president, Gerald Ford, was sworn-in as the 38th president that same day. This is the swearing-in ceremony and the new president's remarks from the East Room of the White House shortly after Richard Nixon had departed by helicopter from the South Lawn. The video is courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum.

The Presidency: The 1968 Election
Sunday, August 3, 2014     

Political Science professor Michael Nelson explains how and why Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1968 presidential election came at a pivotal time in American politics. That year was marked by the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. But Nelson describes how candidate Nixon worked to win over an alienated electorate to unite a country in turmoil. This event was hosted by the Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History. 

Share This Event Via Social Media
C-SPAN on Twitter (late 2012)