Q&A with Aida Donald
Aida Donald, author of Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S. Truman, discussed how the 33rd president’s early career was characterized by his efforts to remain honest despite the corruption present in local Missouri politics and a video was shown of his “Pickwick Papers.” She also talked about his courtship of Bess Wallace, whom he would later marry. Ms.*Donald recounted Truman’s election to the United States Senate and his nomination to be Franklin Roosevelt’s running mate in the 1944 presidential election. Ms.*Donald discussed his decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II, President Truman’s meeting with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, and the firing of General MacArthur. Video clips of President Truman were shown.*A video clip was shown of her late husband, two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Herbert Donald, as she talked about his career and the influence they had on each other’s writings. close
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Aida D. Donald Editor-in-Chief (Former) Harvard University Press
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