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"Truman and the Recovery of Europe"

Course of Our Times, Series III

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

Perhaps nothing so vindicated the American system of the open society that a man as little prepared for overwhelming responsibility as was Harry Truman could rise to his responsibility with such astonishing effectiveness. For it is generally agreed that he belongs with the great American presidents for the major decisions that he took -- the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Point Four, NATO, the Berlin Airlift, the Atomic Energy Act, the defense of Korea, and withal, the transition from a war to a peace economy without a depression, indeed, with an enhanced standard of living for worker and for farmer. When he left office after seven years of standing up to the giants of his generation, even those who had downgraded him or who had disagreed most vehemently with him, had to admit that America and the western alliance had been well served.

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 23]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 26]
5 16 mm films [All B&W; in Sachar Film Collection]