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Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism$
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Thomas W. Devine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602035

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469602042_Devine

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One Robin Doesn'T Bring No Spring Early: Victories and Mounting Attacks

One Robin Doesn'T Bring No Spring Early: Victories and Mounting Attacks

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Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism
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Thomas W. Devine

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469602035.003.0003

This chapter discusses the relative obscurity of Leo Isacson, the American Labor Party (ALP) nominee for Congress who was running in a special election to be held in the Bronx. The morning after the election, news of Isacson's astonishing two-to-one victory grabbed frontpage headlines across the country. In trouncing “boss” Edward J. Flynn's Democratic organization, Isacson, the candidate backed by Henry Wallace and his third party movement, sent shock waves through the political establishment. Pundits claimed that his victory would have national, even international repercussions, while jubilant Wallace supporters proclaimed that the results amounted to a wholesale repudiation of the Truman administration. As panicked Democrats and independent liberals scrambled to distance themselves from the allegedly “unelectable” Missourian, expectations within Gideon's Army swelled to an all-time high as various state and local organizations sprung up across the country.

Keywords:   Leo Isacson, American Labor Party, ALP, Congress, Edward J. Flynn, Democratic organization

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