U.S. Senate historian Donald Ritchie presents ‘A Conflicted Legacy: Presidents and Congress from Truman to Obama’

UMKC Truman Center event takes place Feb. 20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 20, U.S. Senate historian Donald Ritchie will present “A Conflicted Legacy: Presidents and Congress from Truman to Obama” as part of the UMKC Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs‘ Legacy Series. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture at the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. RSVP at or by calling (816) 701-3407.

Ritchie, the author and editor of “Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932,” “Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps” and “Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy,” will discuss how the constitutional principle of checks and balances is a recipe for heated conflict in Washington and beyond.

Copies of “Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy” will be available for purchase and signings.

The event is co-sponsored by the Truman Center, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and the Kansas City Public Library, with funding support from the Bernardin-Haskell Lectures Fund of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. Other support was provided by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Continuing Education Division.

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