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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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Thirty Years Too Soon: Gideon's Army Invades Dixie

Thirty Years Too Soon: Gideon's Army Invades Dixie

(p.233) 9 Thirty Years Too Soon: Gideon's Army Invades Dixie
Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism

Thomas W. Devine

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Henry A. Wallace's weeklong, seven-state southern tour that would provide his third party crusade with many of its most dramatic moments. Wallace's decision to challenge segregation in the heart of the Jim Crow South grabbed frontpage headlines throughout the country, winning the Progressive Party the most sustained media coverage it would receive during the campaign. Had it not been for President Truman's dramatic comeback, one veteran reporter later recalled, the Wallace tour would have been the biggest political story of the year. Expectant Progressives' hopes ran high. Many believed that Wallace's trip would focus nationwide attention on the injustice of segregation, and, more important, unite southern working-class blacks and whites against those who exploited racial divisions to preserve their own special privilege.

Keywords:   Henry A. Wallace, southern tour, third party crusade, segregation, Jim Crow South

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