Harry S. Truman And Civil Rights Essay

2218 Words Oct 9th, 2016 9 Pages
When reviewing the Election of 1948 in the United States of America. On one side was Harry S. Truman, who was the current President of the United States, squared off against Thomas Dewey, governor of New York. There are vast amounts of sources to consider in this topic simply because it was the biggest political upset, ever. Nine sources will be discussed in the following areas. What the people involved said, what people think happened, and finally what Harry S. Truman himself said. The question that is up for debate is simply did the campaign of 1948 exhaust Truman so much that he slipped the media and went to the Elms Hotel, or was he confident he was going to win? I believe the answer is both. I think he was confident he was going to win, and I thought he was exhausted. The first source to consider is Harry S. Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Beliefs. In this source the author Michael Garner’s writing style implies that he was fond of Harry S. Truman. Mr. Garner provides an image of how Truman responded to the negative accounts from the press during the campaign, from the negativity of his own staff to Truman’s stubborn refusal to be swayed by it. This book provides a very good look into the campaign’s last few months. But, more importantly it shows Truman’s resistance to the negativity around him. Truman devoted himself to the people on his tour rather than the press. This whole election had to have been exhausting, even putting up with…

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