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FDR, Dewey, and the Election of 1944
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface & Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Prologue: An Evening at the Statler
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1: A Nation at War
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. 2: Politics in Midwar
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. 3: The Republicans
  2. pp. 22-41
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  1. 4: The Democrats
  2. pp. 42-58
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  1. 5: Willkie Pushes Hard
  2. pp. 59-64
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  1. 6: President and Congress
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. 7: Wendell in Wonderland
  2. pp. 77-91
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  1. 8: The Bandwagon Rolling
  2. pp. 92-100
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  1. 9: It Looks Like Dewey
  2. pp. 101-109
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  1. 10: The Republican Convention
  2. pp. 110-121
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  1. 11: Meanwhile, the Democrats
  2. pp. 122-127
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  1. 12: The Ailing President
  2. pp. 128-135
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  1. 13: Will Roosevelt Run?
  2. pp. 136-140
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  1. 14: Who Runs with Roosevelt?
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. 15: The Democrats Arrive in Chicago
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. 16: Democrats in Convention
  2. pp. 163-177
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 178-199
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  1. 17: Campaign on the High Seas
  2. pp. 200-208
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  1. 18: The Republicans Go to Work
  2. pp. 209-222
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  1. 19: Dewey Heads West
  2. pp. 223-233
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  1. 20: The Battle Is On
  2. pp. 234-242
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  1. 21: The October Campaign Kicks In
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. 22: Death in October
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. 23: Dewey on the Offensive
  2. pp. 261-271
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  1. 24: FDR Strikes Back
  2. pp. 272-278
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  1. 25: Down to the Wire
  2. pp. 279-292
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  1. 26: Bricker’s Campaign
  2. pp. 293-297
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  1. 27: The Man from Missouri
  2. pp. 298-305
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  1. 28: The Last Days
  2. pp. 306-316
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  1. 29: Election Day
  2. pp. 317-320
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  1. 30: Summing Up
  2. pp. 321-329
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  1. Epilogue: The Fourth Term
  2. pp. 330-333
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 335-358
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 359-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-386
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  1. About the Author
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