Jockeying, Buck-Passing, and Double-Talk

Simon Topping

in Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032283
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038971 | DOI:
Jockeying, Buck-Passing, and Double-Talk

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After the death of Franklin Roosevelt in April 1954, the Republican Party's hopes of regaining the African American vote, and more importantly the White House, increased and widened. Dewey was shaped as the Republican candidate for the incoming 1948 presidential elections with much confidence for the victory of the Republican Party. This chapter focuses on the different bills and policies proposed and passed during the administration of Harry S. Truman, which sought to abolish racial discrimination, promote equality, and bring new attention to the alienation of African Americans. It also discusses the strategies enacted by the Republican Party through Dewy in the hope of regaining the affection of the now black Democrat loyalists. With the hope of somehow curbing the allegiance of the black voters, Dewey advocated the passage of an antidiscrimination bill, although he failed to garner significant following during his election bid, largely because of the seeming insincerity of the party and its negligence to court special-interest votes. The chapter also discusses the increasing call for the GOP to pay more attention to the requirements of African Americans and the necessity to win their votes. It furthermore touches on efforts to pass civil rights and the charter for human freedom, which failed in the hands of Truman due to the strong southern resistance and the seeming complacency of the Truman administration.

Keywords: Republican Party; vote; Dewey; Republican candidate; presidential elections; Harry S. Truman; African Americans; black voters; antidiscrimination bill; special-interest vote

Chapter.  6672 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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