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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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Too Damned Long in the Woods to Be Fooled By Weasels: Youth, Labor, Spies, and the Post-Convention Campaign

Too Damned Long in the Woods to Be Fooled By Weasels: Youth, Labor, Spies, and the Post-Convention Campaign

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(p.200) 8 Too Damned Long in the Woods to Be Fooled By Weasels: Youth, Labor, Spies, and the Post-Convention Campaign
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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/9781469602035.003.0008

This chapter describes how the national leaders of the Progressive Party focused primarily on mobilizing two core constituencies—youth and organized labor—as they prepared for the fall campaign. From the outset, the Wallace crusade had demonstrated a special appeal to young people. Not surprisingly, the candidate's outspoken plea for peace resonated with those who would be called on to fight the next war. College campuses provided fertile ground for recruiting supporters and often served as the launching point for establishing new local Wallace organizations. By late spring, “Students for Wallace” claimed five hundred members at the University of Chicago, six hundred at the University of California, Berkeley, and active chapters at Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina.

Keywords:   national leaders, Progressive Party, core constituencies, youth, organized labor, fall campaign

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