The Election of 1948
The presidential election of 1948 is remembered as one of the greatest upsets in history, in which Harry Truman was reelected against seemingly impossible odds. However, it might also be understood as the first modern campaign, in which Truman pursued a strategy aimed at mobilizing the various interest groups of the so-called New Deal coalition. This seminar will examine that strategy, as well as the overall political environment of the late 1940s and the significance of the election for postwar America. Find the agenda and readings here.