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TRUMAN/DEWEY 1948 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Why was the Election Controversial Truman had approval numbers so low the Democratic Party looked for another.

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1 TRUMAN/DEWEY 1948 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

2 Why was the Election Controversial Truman had approval numbers so low the Democratic Party looked for another nominee – tried to draft Eisenhower Truman was no Rooseveltthe change was hard on Democrats Dewey was popular, liberal New York governor Dewey was considered electable The Dixie-crates placed Strom Thurmond in nomination as a Third Party candidate Republican Platform was more pro civil rights than Democratic Platform

3 ELECTION RESULTS Truman/Barkley Democratic Party 303 Electoral Votes Dewey/Warren Republican Party 189 Electoral Votes Thurmond/Wright States Rights Party 39 Electoral Votes Wallace/Taylor Progressive Party 0 Thomas/Smith Socialist Party 0 Tucker Smith

4 PARTY PLATFORMS DEMOCRATIC Preserve Peace Control atomic weapons Strengthen U.N. Curb inflation Provide Adequate housing Support unions-minimum wage of.75 Extend health insurance Support farms Have supported civil rights Condemn communism REPUBLICAN Opportunity for all citizens Support workers and employers rights Support farm prices Develop national heritage in west Support the U.N. Provide decent wages for all Strong national defense Dignity for all despite race, creed or color

5 WHY DID TRUMAN WIN?? Berlin Airlift Civil Rights Desegregation of the Military Recognition of Israel Whistlestop Campaign

6 Berlin Airlift 80% of U.S. citizens supported aid to Berlin Even higher percentage of Republicans83%

7 Civil Rights and Desegregation African/ American voters abandon Republican Party for first time since Reconstruction and support Democratic candidate 9-1

8 Recognition of Israel Jewish American voters praise Truman for his rapid recognition of the new nation of Israel created in the Middle East6 minutes after official creation

9 Campaign Strategy Truman wins over small farmers and western states by giving speeches throughout the west from train platform. He logs over 25,000 miles prior to election night.

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