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“The First Five Days” Webinar Series | April 20, 2020

“The First Five Days” Webinar Series

75th Anniversary Webinar Recordings

The Truman Library Institute commemorated the 75th anniversary of Truman’s presidency with a special webinar series looking back on Truman’s first few days as President. Hosts Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s eldest grandson, and Truman Library Director Dr. Kurt Graham led webinar discussions in an interactive, five-part series about Truman’s first days as the leader of the free world.

This webinar series originally took place the week of April 13-17, 2020, and the recordings are available below:


“The Accidental President” – April 13, 2020
Dr. Kurt Graham, Director of the Truman Library, tells the story of Truman’s dramatic ascension to the presidency when Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.


“An Urgent Matter” – April 14, 2020
The President’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel discusses how Harry Truman became aware of the atomic bomb.


“The First Test” – April 15, 2020
Dr. Kurt Graham, Director of the Truman Library, discusses Truman’s first few days as president, including his first address to Congress.


“Can He Swing the Job?” – April 16, 2020
The President’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel discusses Truman’s early days in office. 


Your Questions Answered – April 17, 2020
The final webinar in the series features the President’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel and Truman Library Education Director Mark Adams answering questions submitted earlier in the week.


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