Miracle of '48: Harry Truman's Major Campaign Speeches and Selected Whistlestops

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Miracle of ’48: Harry Truman’s Major Campaign Speeches and Selected Whistle-stops is the first published collection of the public addresses Harry Truman made as he crisscrossed the United States from New York City to Los Angeles to Independence, Missouri in 1948. Edited by veteran political journalist Steve Neal, and complemented by a foreword from presidential historian Robert V. Remini, this volume captures the infectious spirit and determination of Truman’s message to the ...

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Miracle of ’48: Harry Truman’s Major Campaign Speeches and Selected Whistle-stops is the first published collection of the public addresses Harry Truman made as he crisscrossed the United States from New York City to Los Angeles to Independence, Missouri in 1948. Edited by veteran political journalist Steve Neal, and complemented by a foreword from presidential historian Robert V. Remini, this volume captures the infectious spirit and determination of Truman’s message to the American people.

 

In an era when policy issues were paramount and televised debates were a thing of the future, Truman boldly stated his case directly to the American people, and they responded. "Senator Barkley and I will win this election and make these Republicans like it,” he declared in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "Don’t you forget that. We will do that because they are wrong and we are right.”

 

From the start of his "non-political” western tour in Crestline, Ohio, through his victory celebration in his hometown of Independence, the plainspoken Truman waged the good fight against all odds, never mixing his words or apologizing for his aggressively honest tactics. In blaming the GOP for a decline in farm prices, he alleged that the 80th Congress had "stuck a pitchfork in the farmer’s backs.” Truman is now regarded as among our greatest presidents and the populist message of his ’48 campaign is still as compelling and relevant today as it was over half a century ago.

 

"The political history of the United States reveals many unusual developments,” General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote Truman after the 1948 election, "but certainly at no point does it record a greater accomplishment than yours, that can be traced so clearly to the stark courage and fighting heart of one man.”

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809325573
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Steve Neal is the political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. His most recent books include Eleanor and Harry: The Correspondence of Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and Harry and Ike: The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World, which was named among the best books of 2001 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Rear Platform Remarks: Crestline, Ohio 9
Rear Platform Remarks: Fort Wayne, Indiana 9
Address at the Reunion of the 35th Division, Omaha 11
Address before the Washington State Press Club, Seattle 17
Rear Platform Remarks: Eugene, Oregon 25
Rear Platform Remarks: Oakridge, Oregon 26
Rear Platform Remarks: Klamath Falls, Oregon 26
Commencement Address, University of California, Berkeley 28
Address before the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles 34
Rear Platform Remarks: Winslow, Arizona 42
Rear Platform Remarks: Gallup, New Mexico 43
Rear Platform Remarks: Albuquerque, New Mexico 44
Rear Platform Remarks, Dodge City, Kansas 45
Rear Platform Remarks, Jefferson City, Missouri 46
Rear Platform Remarks: York, Pennsylvania 48
Rear Platform Remarks: Baltimore 51
Acceptance Speech, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia 53
Labor Day Address, Detroit 60
Rear Platform Remarks, Rock Island, Illinois 66
Address at the National Plowing Match, Dexter, Iowa 69
Address at the National Plowing Match, Dexter, Iowa: Informal Remarks after the Match 76
Address at the Colorado State Capitol, Denver 79
Address at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City 85
Rear Platform Remarks, Fresno, California 91
Address at the Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles 93
Address at the Bonham High School Football Stadium, Bonham, Texas 99
Address at Eagles Hall, Buffalo 106
Address at the Springfield Armory, Springfield, Illinois 113
Rear Platform Remarks, Winona, Minnesota 121
Address at the University of Wisconsin, Madison 123
Address at the American Legion Convention, Miami, Florida 127
Address at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina 132
Address at Public Square Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 139
Address at the Hunt Armory, Pittsburgh 142
Statement on Israel 149
Address at Chicago Stadium, Chicago 151
Address at the Cleveland Municipal Auditorium, Cleveland 159
Address at Madison Square Garden, New York City 166
Address at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City 174
Final Campaign Speech, St. Louis 181
Radio Address to the American People, Independence, Missouri 188
Remarks at the Victory Celebration, Independence, Missouri 191
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