SOSHome :: Records Services :: Missouri State Archives :: Presentation Videos :: The Civil Rights Legacy of Harry S. Truman

The Civil Rights Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Presented by:
Raymond H. Geselbracht

Publish Date:
February 27, 2010

Presentation Length:
1 hour 03 minutes 49 seconds (1:03:49)

On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, bringing an end to racial segregation within the ranks of the United States military forces. His decision surprised both liberals and conservatives. By the end of the Korean War in 1953, the U.S. military was almost completely desegregated. As a result of this and other acts, Truman's contribution to civil rights is generally viewed as significant. However, there are some historians who disagree. Editor Raymond Geselbracht shares this dialog and examines the meaning of some of President Truman's most important decisions and the foundation they laid for later civil rights achievements.


The Office of the Missouri Secretary of State and Missouri Archives make NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, regarding the accuracy, reliability, completeness, timeliness or applicability for a particular purpose of the information contained in this video and make no endorsement of the opinions of the presenter offered therein. This video is being offered as it was recorded during the live presentation. The video is being provided for your convenience and entertainment and may contain opinions and viewpoints that may not be the opinions and viewpoints of the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State and Missouri Archives.