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APUSH Review: The Election of 1948

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  1. www.Apushreview.com APUSH Review: The Election of 1948 Everything You Need To Know About The Election of 1948 To Succeed In APUSH

  2. Key Ideas Before The Election • World War II ended in 1945, The Cold War was in full effect • 1947 • Containment, Truman Doctrine, and Marshall Plan • HUAC • Taft Hartley Act (1947) • Limited the power of unions • Truman campaigned on overturning this act (never did)

  3. The Candidates • Truman (Democrat) runs for re-election • Campaigned across the country by train • A la William Jennings Bryan in 1896 • Thomas Dewey (Republican) • 1948 Republican convention was first televised convention • Henry Wallace (Progressive Ticket) • Strom Thurmond (States-Rights’) – Dixiecrat

  4. The Issues and Campaign • Thomas Dewey campaigned on reducing New Deal policies and limiting the power of labor • Truman campaigned for civil rights, increased minimum wage, and continuation of New Deal policies • Wallace campaigned against Truman’s foreign policies • Thurmond was anti civil rights and pro Jim Crow laws

  5. The Results • Considered the greatest upset in presidential history • “Dewey Defeats Truman” – Chicago Tribune • Why did Truman win? • Unions, farmers, and African Americans overwhelmingly voted for Truman • Many individuals did not want to “waste” a vote on a third party candidate • Democrats also won both houses of Congress

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