Harry Truman and the Election of 1948

Harvard Sitkoff

in Toward Freedom Land

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125831
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135526 | DOI:
Harry Truman and the Election of 1948

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This chapter discusses the author's critique of President Harry Truman as, at best, a reluctant champion of civil rights, pressured by forces beyond his control. This chapter concludes, nevertheless, that civil rights benefited from being identified with the president of the United States and with the Democratic Party. The author notes that this essay began as a bill of indictment, a categorical denunciation of liberals for doing too little, too late.

Keywords: President Harry Truman; civil rights; Democratic Party; bill of indictment; liberals

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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