First Lady Bess Truman

William Seale and Nicole Anslover talked about the life and influence of first lady Bess Truman and responded to telephone calls and… read more

William Seale and Nicole Anslover talked about the life and influence of first lady Bess Truman and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Bess Truman earned a staff salary when her husband was a senator and was familiar with Washington. As first lady, Bess Truman made public appearances but did not hold press conferences, refused media requests, and maintained her private life. She spent much of her time back home in Independence, Missouri, taking care of her family. Video clips were shown of Clifton Truman Daniel giving a tour of his grandparent’s home and other sites in Independence. In a video clip Tammy Williams showed artifacts in the Truman Presidential Library. 

Clips included silent film footage, a newsreel including a speech by Mrs. Truman, and her only television appearance, which was an interview by her daughter, with former President Truman included.

This was the 24th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close

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*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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First Lady Bess Truman

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Program ID:
314531-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 28, 2013
Last Aired:
Dec 25, 2013

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  • Oct 28, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 28, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Oct 28, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 29, 2013 | 12:01am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 02, 2013 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 02, 2013 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 25, 2013 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 25, 2013 | 9:01pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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