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Truman day4

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  • 1. The Election of 1948Candidates:Harry Truman (Democrat)Thomas Dewey (Republican, NY)-Ran in 1944, gained ground on FDR,expected to win the PresidencyStrom Thurmond (Dixiecrat, SC)-Longest filibuster in US History, States’Rights initiative, ran because of ExecutiveOrder #9981Henry Wallace (Progressives)-Friend of the Communist Party, believedthat we needed socialized medicine, friendlyrelations with USSR, etc.
  • 2. Background on 1948 Early Polls  Dewey 44%, Truman 31%, Thurmond 16%, Wallace 9% Biggest Political Upset in US History Whistlestop Campaign  “Give em hell, Harry!” Dewey Defeats Truman??? Why?  Truman went on the attack!  Dewey never countered!  African-Americans and other minorities voted for Truman  Farmers remembered FDR during the Great Depression
  • 3. Electoral Map of 1948
  • 4. The Fair Deal (1949) Continuation of the Liberal Practices of FDR’s New Deal After 16 years of Democrats, the country was ready for a move to conservatism Increased Minimum Wage to .75 cents Extended Social Security + Universal Health Care? Housing Act (1949)  Billions for Slum Clearance  FHA set up for mortgage help
  • 5. Reasons for Limited Success Remember Truman tried to pass a 21 point plan! 1. Republicans control Congress in 1946  “To err is Truman” 2. Tax Cuts were passed quickly through Congress-US was put into spending deficits 3.Price Controls were removed!

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