Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism

Henry Wallace's 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism

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"In the presidential campaign of 1948, Henry Wallace set out to challenge the conventional wisdom of his time, blaming the United States, and not the Soviet Union, for the Cold War, denouncing the popular Marshall Plan, and calling for an end to segregation. In addition, he argued that domestic fascism--rather than international communism--posed the primary threat to the nation. He even welcomed Communists into his campaign, admiring their commitment to peace. Focusing on what Wallace himself later considered his campaign's most important aspect, the troubled relationship between non-Communist progressives like himself and members of the American Communist Party, Thomas W. Devine demonstrates that such an alliance was not only untenable but, from the perspective of the American Communists, undesirable, as well"--
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781469602042
Characteristics: 1 online resource (425 pages)


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Oct 02, 2014

I agree with athena14's comments; Henry Wallace made some brilliant appointments [or hires], and through them left America quite a legacy, which few are aware of. This book, which I was never planning on commenting on, reminds me of the horrible biography [biography should be in quotes] of Wright Patman by Texan republican, Nancy Beck Young. Definitely a character assassination job, without ever covering the really important facets.

Oct 02, 2014

In 2003, Prof Devine published an article titled "The Communists, Henry Wallace, and the Progressive Party of 1948." He should have reused that for this book. Communists, communists, communists: Devine sees them everywhere, powerful and mysterious, even though most CPUSA efforts failed miserably. Still, the 1948 presidential campaign was an amazing one with four political parties. Too bad Devine has a CP hobbyhorse.

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