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Virtual Headlines from History

Dewey Defeats Truman

Wednesday, November 17
7:00 PM CST Online via Zoom
Free program, but registration is required


Few headlines in history are as iconic and memorable as “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Anyone that is familiar with that headline knows that it was mistaken. What is less known is the fascinating story behind the headline. Join Sam Rushay, Supervisory Archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library, as he discusses the origins and lasting impact of “Dewey Defeats Truman.” It’s a story about politics and polls, but it’s also a very human story that continues to capture the public and scholarly imagination over seven decades later.


MEET THE SPEAKER: SAM RUSHAY has worked at the National Archives and Records Administration for 27 years. He is the supervisory archivist at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO, where he worked as an archivist from 1993-1997. From 1997-2007, he was an archivist and subject matter expert at the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Rushay has published articles about Richard Nixon and Harry Truman. A Columbus, Ohio, native, he earned a B.A. in U.S. History from Ohio State University and obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. history from Ohio University. Rushay lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area.


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This program includes built in closed captions via Zoom.