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
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Nicole L. Anslover Assistant Professor Indiana University, Northwest->History
- Clifton Truman Daniel Grandchild Harry S. Truman
- William Seale Editor White House Historical Association->White House History Journal
- Tammy Williams Archivist Truman Presidential Museum and Library
- Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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