Truman Win The 1948 Election Analysis

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It is seen that different politically or ideologically counterpoised magazines or newspapers handle political, social, military or economic controversies in different ways. In the case of Truman winning the 1948 election, this was no different. As different newspapers covered the story of Truman becoming the 33rd President of the United States, in different ways. While certain liberal newspapers like The Washington post, covered the story in a more positive manner calling him the indomitable Missourian, the hero of the 1948 election and also comparing Truman’s win to the reelection of Abraham Lincoln in 1864. On the other hand, Conservative newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, covered the story in a different light, calling the 1948 election …show more content…
He does this by pointing out that in both cases the candidates running for the presidential election had unfavorable odds against them, and that even then they managed to find a way to win the elections of their times. The writer also mentions that it is commonly heard that Truman’s election was unprecedented in American political history, as it took place due to the unfortunate death of FDR. However, the writer praises the victory of Truman, as he was able to defy all odds and win the 1948 election for his party during tough times. The writer points out that Lincoln was the most unpopular man in America during his early campaign in 1864, he was fighting a Civil War which was not going so well and had overwhelming discouragement from the North. On the other hand, in the case of Truman, he was a democrat who was seeking the presidency after the long lasting presidency of FDR, he faced opposition not only from the Republican side but also from other politicians who felt that Truman could not win the election. So, it is evident that in both the cases; Lincoln and Truman were heavily expected to lose, but they were determined to win their nominations followed by the election that they were running for, and ultimately ended up winning their respected elections. The writer mentions that …show more content…
The writer elaborates in this matter by mentioning that Truman was the likeliest prospect of the Democratic nomination and that he used this veto to his advantage. As the veto did not settle the matter, but merely emphasized the issue. Even though the Republican likely nomine Thomas E. Dewey was more popular at the given time, this move by Truman create a platform that he could further build on and help him win the nomination from the Democratic side. On the other hand, in the article, ‘THE 1948 PRESIDENTIAL RACE BEGINS’ , published by Los Angeles Times, the same writer Palmer Kayle writes about how the constructive battle for the presidency lies between Thomas Dewey and Harry Truman. The writer also mentions that even though Truman was a likely opponent for Dewey, he was not strong enough to defeat him in the presidential race. As he had very few things working in his favor at that time. The writer mentions, Truman’s act of calling Congress back into special session from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as one of his best play in order to stay in the presidential race. That it was a calculated plan by Truman and that he did not have much to lose either in politics or in prestige, rather had much to

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