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Inside Harry Truman's Relationship With Winston Churchill

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A black and white photograph showing Winston Churchill wearing academic robes seated on the right with dignitaries behind him and President Harry S. Truman standing on the left, also in academic robes looking at Churchill and applauding.
Terry Savage / Harry S. Truman Library
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On March 5, 1946 President Truman introduced former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech.

How the bond the two world leaders formed out of the public view helped them work out international policies.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous and consequential events to happen in Missouri. After being introduced by President Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri, warning against the dangers posed by the Soviet Union.

Candice Millard and David Von Drehle will be talking about Churchill and Truman at a virtual event hosted by the Truman Library Institute on Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. More information can be found online here.

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