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Lincoln's Lost LegacyRepublican Party and the African American Vote, 1928–1952$
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Simon Topping

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032283

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032283.001.0001

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Dewey Defeats Truman

Dewey Defeats Truman

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Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Simon Topping

University Press of Florida

As the election of 1948 and the prospect of the Truman defeat approached, the Republicans gained a confidence that made them believe that the 1948 presidential election would be theirs. This chapter discusses the GOP's strategy and approach for the election of 1948 wherein they exuded much confidence owing to the death of the long-time nemesis of the party, Franklin Roosevelt, and their increasing control of both houses in Congress. It chronicles the presidential race between Truman and Dewey wherein both tried to outdo one another in the hope of winning the presidential seat. The Republicans took advantage of the looming split of the Democrats and advocated the antilynching bill, the poll tax, and the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) which would guarantee blacks equality and opportunity in employment. However, despite their efforts to regain the much-coveted spot in the White House, Republicans were once again defeated, partly due to the overconfidence of Dewey, who neglected the power of special-interest voters, and partly to the failure of the party to gain the trust and confidence of African Americans.

Keywords:   1948, Republicans, presidential elections, GOP, Democrat party, FEPC, Dewey, special-interest voters, Truman

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