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FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944

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David M. Jordan
Indiana University Press
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Preface and AcknowledgmentsPrologue: An Evening at the Statler1. A Nation at War2. Politics in Midwar3. The Republicans4. The Democrats5. Willkie Pushes Hard6. President and Congress7. Wendell in Wonderland8. The Bandwagon Rolling9. It Looks Like Dewey10. The Republican Convention11. Meanwhile, the Democrats12. The Ailing President13. Will Roosevelt Run?14. Who Runs with Roosevelt?15. The Democrats Arrive in Chicago16. Democrats in Convention17. Campaign on the High Seas18. The Republicans Go to Work19. Dewey Heads West20. The Battle Is On21. The October Campaign Kicks In22. Death in October23. Dewey on the Offensive24. FDR Strikes Back25. Down to the Wire26. Bricker's Campaign27. The Man from Missouri28. The Last Days29. Election Day30. Summing UpEpilogue: The Fourth TermNotesBibliographyIndex
Although the presidential election of 1944 placed FDR in the White House for an unprecedented fourth term, historical memory of the election itself has been overshadowed by the war, Roosevelt's health and his death the following April, Truman's ascendancy, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Today most people assume that FDR's reelection was assured. Yet, as David M. Jordan's engrossing account reveals, neither the outcome of the campaign nor even the choice of candidates was assured. Just a week before Election Day, pollster George Gallup thought a small shift in votes in a few key states would award the election to Thomas E. Dewey. Though the Democrats urged voters not to "change horses in midstream," the Republicans countered that the war would be won "quicker with Dewey and Bricker." With its insider tales and accounts of party politics, and campaigning for votes in the shadow of war and an uncertain future, FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944 makes for a fascinating chapter in American political history.