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The Unfinished Business of America

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/9780813032283.003.0009
The Unfinished Business of America

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At the beginning of 1952, Robert Taft seemed destined to finally secure the presidential nomination he craved. His reelection in 1950 made him the triumphant symbol of resurgent conservatism. Although claiming without much conviction that he had no interest in running, it was apparent that Taft's reelection made him not just a potential presidential candidate, but the man most likely to secure the Republican nomination. This chapter focuses on the elections of the 1952, wherein the conservative faction of the Republican Party rooted for Robert Taft, a candidacy which was dreaded by African Americans. Taft repeatedly courted the South and was the de facto leader of the GOP in a Congress that had pointedly failed to pass any civil rights legislation. The unattractiveness and the lack of appeal of the Taft candidacy among black voters forced the Republicans to seek another presidential candidate in Dwight Eisenhower.

Keywords: Robert Taft; resurgent conservatism; Republican; elections; Republican Party; GOP

Chapter.  13650 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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