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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Truman and Abusing Power: Actions Against Striking Workers

  • Aired: 11/01/2011
  • 02:28
  • Rating: NR
When a new wave of striking unions shut down industries, Truman threatened to draft strikers into the army. "It was as high-handed, as unconstitutional, a measure as imaginable," says biographer David McCullough. "But he meant it."
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When railroad workers went on strike, Truman threatened to draft them into the army.
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