TITLEAmerican Experience: Truman
DATE ACCESSED17 February 2017

This website focuses on the PBS film, American Experience: Truman, about U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s life, especially his involvement with the atomic bomb and the start of the Cold War. Educational in nature, it provides a description and transcript of the film, access to primary source documents, photographs, a timeline, and teacher resources. The text of the official White House press release following the dropping of the first atomic bomb on August 6, 1945 is included in the site’s primary source section, as well as various letters and Truman’s diary entries dealing with the atomic bomb. Also available is the leaflet that was dropped on cities in Japan and the text of a radio address delivered by Truman on August 9, 1945, both of which urge the Japanese to surrender, warning of future atomic bombs and encouraging Japanese civilians to leave industrial areas immediately. The website also offers users a chance to take part in a poll of issues that dominated the U.S. presidential election of 1948, providing an inside look at Truman's time period. It is a useful site for studying Truman’s presidency.

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