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American Experience
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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He was a farmer, a haberdasher-gone-bankrupt, an unknown politician from Missouri who suddenly found himself president. Of all the men who had held the office, he was the least prepared. Yet Harry S Truman (president from 1945-1953) would have to end the war with Germany and Japan, decide whether to use the most terrible weapon ever devised, confront the Soviet Union and wage war in Korea. Many -- including Truman himself -- feared he wasn't up to the job. Likable, modest, hardworking, he proved them all wrong with a stubborn determination that earned him a stunning political upset and the rallying cry, “Give 'em hell, Harry.” Jason Robards narrates.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Truman,” 09/18/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_39855C61D12E49D3B95EEFDBECDD7EF2.
MLA: “American Experience; Truman.” 09/18/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_39855C61D12E49D3B95EEFDBECDD7EF2>.
APA: American Experience; Truman. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_39855C61D12E49D3B95EEFDBECDD7EF2
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