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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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The Unfinished Business of America

The Unfinished Business of America

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Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Simon Topping

University Press of Florida

At the beginning of 1952, Robert Taft seemed destined to finally secure the presidential nomination he craved. His reelection in 1950 made him the triumphant symbol of resurgent conservatism. Although claiming without much conviction that he had no interest in running, it was apparent that Taft's reelection made him not just a potential presidential candidate, but the man most likely to secure the Republican nomination. This chapter focuses on the elections of the 1952, wherein the conservative faction of the Republican Party rooted for Robert Taft, a candidacy which was dreaded by African Americans. Taft repeatedly courted the South and was the de facto leader of the GOP in a Congress that had pointedly failed to pass any civil rights legislation. The unattractiveness and the lack of appeal of the Taft candidacy among black voters forced the Republicans to seek another presidential candidate in Dwight Eisenhower.

Keywords:   Robert Taft, resurgent conservatism, Republican, elections, Republican Party, GOP

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