Historian to Present Lecture on President Harry S. Truman Oct. 24 at Southeast


Author and historian David Pietrusza will deliver a lecture at Southeast Missouri State University on Tuesday, Oct. 24, examining the impact of President Harry S. Truman’s 1948 election and its influence on America.

Pietrusza’s lecture is entitled “1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America.” The public is invited to the lecture at 7 p.m. in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. Admission is free.

 The lecture is presented by the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion and is made possible by a gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation from George Hartsfield and his wife, Dr. Paula Kindrick Hartsfield of Jefferson City, Missouri.

Pietrusza has produced a number of critically acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history, including four works on presidential electoral history. He is the author of “TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, The Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy;” “1932: The Rise of Hitler & FDR – Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny;” “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents;” “1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America;” and many others.

As a noted presidential scholar, Pietrusza has served on the Siena College Research Institute (SRI) Survey of United States Presidents and on the C-SPAN/Siena College Study of “The First Ladies of The United States.”

He has also served on the City Council in Amsterdam, New York, as vice president of the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Foundation, and as public information officer for the New York State Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform and the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

He has served as president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and was later the editor-in-chief of the publishing company Total Sports. He is an elector of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Pietrusza received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University at Albany.