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Dewey Defeats Truman

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032283.003.0007
Dewey Defeats Truman

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As the election of 1948 and the prospect of the Truman defeat approached, the Republicans gained a confidence that made them believe that the 1948 presidential election would be theirs. This chapter discusses the GOP's strategy and approach for the election of 1948 wherein they exuded much confidence owing to the death of the long-time nemesis of the party, Franklin Roosevelt, and their increasing control of both houses in Congress. It chronicles the presidential race between Truman and Dewey wherein both tried to outdo one another in the hope of winning the presidential seat. The Republicans took advantage of the looming split of the Democrats and advocated the antilynching bill, the poll tax, and the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) which would guarantee blacks equality and opportunity in employment. However, despite their efforts to regain the much-coveted spot in the White House, Republicans were once again defeated, partly due to the overconfidence of Dewey, who neglected the power of special-interest voters, and partly to the failure of the party to gain the trust and confidence of African Americans.

Keywords: 1948; Republicans; presidential elections; GOP; Democrat party; FEPC; Dewey; special-interest voters; Truman

Chapter.  8186 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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