Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate

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9
THE TAFT-HARTLEY ACT
WANES AS A POLITICAL ISSUE

BY 1952 the attitude of Taft-Hartley opponents had undergone a limited change. After four years of vain endeavor to secure repeal of the hated statute, critics gradually realized that complete destruction of the act was probably impossible. Their collective attitude progressively transformed into the more realistic approach of amending the law so as to remove the more drastic antiunion provisions. In the presidential campaign of 1952 both major candidates advocated change; the Republican by amending the existing law and the Democrat by rewriting the statute. But neither candidate recommended a return to the Wagner Act "with improvements" as had been demanded by Harry S. Truman in 1948.

Even President Truman gave no outward indication that he was still insisting upon outright repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act until the campaign of 1952 had begun. His statements

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