Southern Democrats and the 1952 Election

Archive Report

North-South Schism in Democratic Party

Truman, Eisenhower, and Invasion of Solid South

If Truman and Eisenhower become rival contenders for the presidency next year,1 there is a strong chance that the Republican party will repeat its feat of 24 years earlier and split the Democratic Solid South. Republican capture of the electoral votes of four southern states in 1928 resulted not so much from the drawing power of Herbert Hoover as from the South's adverse reaction to the candidacy of Alfred E. Smith. With a Truman-Eisenhower lineup in 1952, positive as well as negative forces would be operating to produce a split—on the one hand the popular appeal of Gen. Eisenhower; on the other hand southern opposition to the President's Fair Deal program in general and ...

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