Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History (Hardback)
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Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 30/08/2013
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The election year of 1948 remains to this day one of the most astonishing in U.S. political history. During this first general election after World War II, Americans looked to their governments for change. As the battle for the nation's highest office came to a head in Illinois, the state was embroiled in its own partisan showdowns. In Battleground 1948, Robert E. Hartley focuses on the races that ushered Adlai Stevenson, Paul Douglas, and Harry Truman into office, and offers the first comprehensive chronicle of this historic election year and its consequences.

In addition to in-depth revelations on the saga of the American election machine in 1948, Hartley probes the dark underbelly of Illinois politics in the 1930s and 1940s to set the stage, spotlight key party players, and expose the behind-the-scenes influences of media, money, corruption, and crime. In doing so, he draws powerful parallels between the politics of the past and those of the present. Above all, Battleground 1948 tells the story of grassroots change writ large on the American political landscape-change that helped a nation move past an era of conflict and depression, and forever transformed Illinois and the U.S. government.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809332663
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 235 x 162 x 22 mm

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