Archive for June, 2010

More of the Symposium on CSPAN3 this weekend!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

We just got word from CSPAN3 that more of the 8th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium will be airing this weekend on CSPAN3. More of the Symposium is airing this weekend on C-SPAN3 and will be streamed live on the web. On Saturday, June 26 Truman and Japan will air at 12:25 pm, 6:35pm and on Sunday, June 27 at 12:35 am and 6:35 am. Also on Sunday, June 27 will be Harry Truman and Korea at 12:50pm, 6:50pm and on Monday, June 28 at 12:50 am and 6:50 am. Harry S Truman and China will be coming soon!

What’s a President Worth?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

In May 2010, The Atlantic calculated the net worth of all 43 American presidents, from Washington to Obama (and reminded readers that Grover Cleveland was president twice), JFK’s $1 billion estate (in today’s dollars) topped the list. We were curious where Harry Truman landed and weren’t surprised to discover that his net worth at the time of his death in December 1972 placed him in the lowest income bracket. Of our 20th and 21st century chief executives, only the estates of Wilson, Coolidge and Truman were worth less than $1 million. We suspect this would be a point of pride for Mr. Truman, who once  declared, “I would much rather be an honorable public servant and known as such than to be the richest man in the world”.


Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

As part of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, The Little White House held its 8th educational conference on Truman’s Legacy in East Asia on May 14-15. C-Span 3 American History has tentatively scheduled the first broadcast of an interview between Dr. Ken Hechler of President Truman’s staff and Dr Robert Watson of Lynn University on the firing of Gen. MacArthur THIS Sunday, June 6 at 3 pm, 8 pm and 3 am. The balance of the symposium sessions are tentatively scheduled for June 26-27 on C-Span 3.

Please note next year’s symposium is scheduled for May 13 & 14 on the very important topic of Truman’s Legacy on Civil Liberties and will address Truman’s handling of the loyalty oath, McCarthyism, the Patriot Act of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.