In his book, The Loneliest Campaign, Irwin Ross called Harry S. Truman’s victory in the presidential election of 1948 “the most astonishing political upset in modern times.“1 Truman achieved this victory despite a three-way split in the Democratic Party. Strom Thurmond, governor of South Carolina and presidential candidate for the States’ Rights Democratic Party, and Henry Wallace, former secretary of agriculture and vice president, and nominee of the Progressive Party, both denounced Truman and opposed his election.
Pleasants, Julian M.
"Claude Pepper, Strom Thurmond, and the 1948 Presidential Election in Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 76:
4, Article 5.
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