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Joe Scarborough on Truman's Crusade Against Communism

Evening Program

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0373


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By 1947, the Soviet Union had moved from being America’s uneasy ally in the Second World War to its most feared enemy. In the aftermath of that conflict, only America could afford to defend freedom in the West—and a president who hadn’t even been elected to that office found himself spearheading the effort. But Harry S. Truman would wage a high-stakes domestic political battle that convinced friends and foes alike to join in his crusade to defend democracy across the globe from the threat of Soviet communism.

In conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning author and presidential historian Jon Meacham, Joe Scarborough draws on his new book, Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization, discussing how this untested president acted decisively to build a lasting coalition that would influence America’s foreign policy for generations to come.

He traces the political and personal struggles that brought Truman to the decisive moment in March 1947 when he delivered an address before a joint session of Congress announcing a policy of containment that would soon become known as the Truman Doctrine, which pledged that the United States would “support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” The policy was a radical shift from 150 years of isolationism, but it would prove to guarantee Western Europe’s freedom, the rise of the American Century, and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Scarborough is a New York Times bestselling author, a Washington Post columnist, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and a former United States congressman.

The ticket price includes a copy of Saving Freedom (Harper) and a bookplate signed by the author. (see Book Distribution Information for added details).


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.