THE PRESIDENCY: Drifting & Dreaming

Candidate Harry Truman put in a busy week, mapping his strategy. If he was to have a chance to win, his strategists decided, heroic measures were necessary. What they planned was perhaps the most strenuous campaign ever waged by an incumbent President. Cheered by a Gallup poll showing that the Dixiecrats commanded only 14% of Southern votes, Truman boldly scheduled an invasion of the South for mid-September. This would be followed by swings through New England, then the Pacific Coast and Southwest, lastly through the Midwest.

At his news conference, the President seemed in quiet good humor. "What do you think...

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