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Faced with the likely loss of the 1948 presidential elections, Harry S. Truman decided to do what he did best: talk straight. When Truman boarded the train to head west in June 1948, he and his campaign advisors decided to shift from prepared text to extemporaneous stump speeches. The “new Truman” emerged as a feisty, engaged speaker, brimming with ideas on policies and programs important to the common citizen. Steven R. Goldzwig engagingly chronicles the origins of Truman’s “give ‘em hell” image and the honing of his rhetorical delivery during his ostensibly nonpolitical train trip west, which came to be known as his “whistle-stop tour.” At the time, Truman was both applauded and derided by the public, but his speeches delivered at each stop helped win him the presidency. Goldzwig’s detailed look at the background of the campaign, Truman’s preparations and goals, the train trip itself, and the text and tone of the speeches helps us better understand how Truman carried the 1948 election and came to represent the plainspoken “man of the people” who returns from behind to win, against all odds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Text of Harry S. Truman’s Rear-Platform Remarks in Decatur, Illinois,October 12, 1948
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1 Setting the Political and Rhetorical Strategy, January–May 1948
  2. pp. 5-19
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  1. Chapter 2 The Western Tour, June 1948
  2. pp. 20-38
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  1. Chapter 3 The Democratic National Convention and the Special Session of Congress,July 1948
  2. pp. 39-49
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  1. Chapter 4 The Fall Campaign Begins, September 1948
  2. pp. 50-88
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  1. Chapter 5 The Fall Campaign Continues, October–November 1948
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. Chapter 6 Why Truman Won: The Rhetorical Roots of a Homespun Victory
  2. pp. 107-123
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 145-147
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603443982
Related ISBN
9781603440066
MARC Record
OCLC
650019191
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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