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Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism

Thomas W. Devine


In the presidential campaign of 1948, Henry Wallace set out to challenge the conventional wisdom of his time, blaming the United States, instead of the Soviet Union, for the Cold War, denouncing the popular Marshall Plan, and calling for an end to segregation. In addition, he argued that domestic fascism—rather than international communism—posed the primary threat to the nation. Wallace even welcomed Communists into his campaign, admiring their commitment to peace. Focusing on what Wallace himself later considered his campaign's most important aspect, the troubled relationship between non-Comm ... More

Keywords: presidential campaign, Henry Wallace, Soviet Union, Cold War, Marshall Plan, segregation, domestic fascism, international communism, Communists, non-Communist progressives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469602035
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469602042_Devine


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas W. Devine, author