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Presidential Election 1944

In 1944 in the middle of WWII, the US had an election for President, and FDR, after three terms as president decided to run for an unprecedented fourth term after it was believed that after his 1940 win he would retire in 1945.

Presidential Election 1944

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Election 1944 DemocratsIn 1944 the world was in the middle of a major world war and the United States had an election for President, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, after three terms as president decided to run for an unprecedented fourth term after it was believed that after his 1940 win he would retire in 1945.  He had gotten the United States out of the Republican Great Depression in the 1930s and was now leading the Allies to victory ridding the world of fascism started by Adolf Hitler in Germany.

As for the Republican Party, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey had won the Wisconsin Republican Primary and was able to defeat his chief opponent, Ohio Governor John Bricker (who would be Governor Dewey's running-mate) at the Republican National Convention.

The Democratic Party realized that FDR was in ill-health, but because of the gentleman's agreement between the press and the president, Roosevelt's health out of the news.  But fear of an imminent expiration of the President, the Democratic Party feared Vice President Henry Wallace becoming president upon Roosevelt's death.

In one of the great political stories of the 20th Century, Wallace was considered the favorite by the delegates at the convention for the Vice Presidential Nomination, but Party bosses found him too liberal and eccentric.  The president had even offered the nomination to his 1940 Republican Challenger, Wendell Willkie the position, but Willkie died before the Election.  So the Party bosses saw a US Senator from Missouri named Harry S TrumanTruman had not sought the nomination and had expressed no desire to run for Vice President.  Then, while at the Democratic National Convention, President Roosevelt on a phone call said that Truman can go to hell if he is willing to break up the Democratic Party in the middle of a world war, if he is so selfish to put his own interests ahead of his own country then it is all on his head.  Harry Truman was nominated as Franklin Roosevelt's third running-mate.

Besides the war, one of the major issues was what we call in our time; voter suppression.  But the suppression was not against Americans who might vote for one Party over the other, but Republican led states preventing American servicemen from voting while fighting in Europe and the Pacific.  But as one Merchant Marine said, "for every vote Dewey stopped, there were two parents voting for Roosevelt."

In the end, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman won the 1944 Presidential Election 432 Electoral Votes and 52.4 percent of the Popular Vote to Thomas E. Dewey and John Bricker's 99 Electoral Votes and 45.9 percent of the Popular Vote.

After the Election, Roosevelt wanted to get started on a peacetime America where he focused on issues like civil rights.  But time would not permit that.  Within 82 days of being sworn in for a fourth term, President Roosevelt would address Congress and the nation on his meeting at Yalta with Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill only to die on April 12, 1945.

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    1. 26 shows – total playtime 12 hours, 25 minutes
    2. 19440111 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address.mp3
    3. 19440317 Henry Wallace, Free Enterprise.mp3
    4. 19440404 News of the World Broadcast.mp3
    5. 19440605 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Fall of Rome.mp3
    6. 19440606 Continuous Coverage of Allied Invasion in Europe.mp3
    7. 19440606 Dwight Eisenhower, Message to Allied Forces.mp3
    8. 19440606 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prayer for Allies.mp3
    9. 19440612 Franklin D. Roosevelt, War Loan Drive.mp3
    10. 19440628 Thomas E. Dewey, Acceptance Speech, RNC Excerpt.mp3
    11. 19440720 Day 2 of the 1944 DNC.mp3
    12. 19440720 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Acceptance Speech at the DNC.mp3
    13. 19440820 Vote for Dewey and for Bricker.mp3
    14. 19440825 Thomas E. Dewey, Liberation of Paris.mp3
    15. 19440831 Harry S Truman Accepts Nomination Vice President.mp3
    16. 19440923 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teamsters Union Address.mp3
    17. 19440925 Thomas E Dewey Program Peace Home and Abroad.mp3
    18. 19441005 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Right to Vote.mp3
    19. 19441012 News of the World Broadcast.mp3
    20. 19441025 Thomas E, Dewey, Honesty in Government.mp3
    21. 19441027 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA Rally.mp3
    22. 19441106 Norman Corwin, FDR Election Eve Special.mp3
    23. 19441106 Thomas E. Dewey, Election Eve Message.mp3
    24. 19441107 Tuesday in November.mp3
    25. 19441108 Roosevelt Wins.mp3
    26. 19450106 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address.mp3
    27. 19450120 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address.mp3
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    1. 26 shows – 341 MB – total playtime 12 hours, 25 minutes
    2. 19440111 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address.mp3
    3. 19440317 Henry Wallace, Free Enterprise.mp3
    4. 19440404 News of the World Broadcast.mp3
    5. 19440605 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Fall of Rome.mp3
    6. 19440606 Continuous Coverage of Allied Invasion in Europe.mp3
    7. 19440606 Dwight Eisenhower, Message to Allied Forces.mp3
    8. 19440606 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prayer for Allies.mp3
    9. 19440612 Franklin D. Roosevelt, War Loan Drive.mp3
    10. 19440628 Thomas E. Dewey, Acceptance Speech, RNC Excerpt.mp3
    11. 19440720 Day 2 of the 1944 DNC.mp3
    12. 19440720 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Acceptance Speech at the DNC.mp3
    13. 19440820 Vote for Dewey and for Bricker.mp3
    14. 19440825 Thomas E. Dewey, Liberation of Paris.mp3
    15. 19440831 Harry S Truman Accepts Nomination Vice President.mp3
    16. 19440923 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teamsters Union Address.mp3
    17. 19440925 Thomas E Dewey Program Peace Home and Abroad.mp3
    18. 19441005 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Right to Vote.mp3
    19. 19441012 News of the World Broadcast.mp3
    20. 19441025 Thomas E, Dewey, Honesty in Government.mp3
    21. 19441027 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA Rally.mp3
    22. 19441106 Norman Corwin, FDR Election Eve Special.mp3
    23. 19441106 Thomas E. Dewey, Election Eve Message.mp3
    24. 19441107 Tuesday in November.mp3
    25. 19441108 Roosevelt Wins.mp3
    26. 19450106 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address.mp3
    27. 19450120 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address.mp3
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    26 recordings on 9 Audio CDs. Total playtime 7 hours, 50 min
    26 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 7 hours, 50 min

    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A001

    1. 19440111 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address
    2. 19440317 Henry Wallace, Free Enterprise
    3. 19440404 News of the World Broadcast

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A002

    1. 19440605 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Fall of Rome
    2. 19440606 Dwight Eisenhower, Message to Allied Forces
    3. 19440606 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prayer for Allies
    4. 19440612 Franklin D. Roosevelt, War Loan Drive
    5. 19440628 Thomas E. Dewey, Acceptance Speech, RNC Excerpt
    6. 19440720 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Acceptance Speech at the DNC
    7. 19440820 Vote for Dewey and for Bricker
    8. 19440825 Thomas E. Dewey, Liberation of Paris

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A003

    1. 19440831 Harry S Truman Accepts Nomination Vice President

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A004

    1. 19440923 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teamsters Union Address

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A005

    1. 19440925 Thomas E Dewey Program Peace Home and Abroad
    2. 19441005 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Right to Vote

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A006

    1. 19441012 News of the World Broadcast
    2. 19441025 Thomas E, Dewey, Honesty in Government

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A007

    1. 19441027 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Philadelphia, PA Rally

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A008

    1. 19441106 Norman Corwin, FDR Election Eve Special
    2. 19441106 Thomas E. Dewey, Election Eve Message

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    Presidential Election 1944 Disc A009

    1. 19441107 Tuesday in November
    2. 19441108 Roosevelt Wins
    3. 19450106 Franklin D. Roosevelt, State of the Union Address
    4. 19450120 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address

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