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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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Rolling Downhill: Post-Convention Fallout and Dropouts

Rolling Downhill: Post-Convention Fallout and Dropouts

(p.180) 7 Rolling Downhill: Post-Convention Fallout and Dropouts
Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism

Thomas W. Devine

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Frederick Schuman thought positively of the convention. He wrote to Beanie Baldwin three days after leaving Philadelphia: “You did a magnificent job. It's a good platform. The extent of the smear campaign encourages me. The boys are afraid we are going places. Let's go!” Henry Wallace shared Schuman's unbridled optimism. Referring to the third party's previous high point—the Isacson victory in February—Wallace told supporters, “I was going on faith in those days. But since this convention I'm not going on faith. I know we've just begun to roll. . . . We're getting rolling now and they simply can't stop us.” “If the people's movement continues to spread as rapidly as it is at present,” one exuberant North Carolina delegate predicted, “Wallace will carry at least forty states in the November elections.”

Keywords:   Frederick Schuman, Beanie Baldwin, Philadelphia, smear campaign, Henry Wallace

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