The Rise and Fall of the People's Century: Henry A. Wallace and American Liberalism, 1941-1948

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8
The Last Battle

The fact of the matter is that the Republican party is unwittingly the ally of the Communists. . . . Let us ask ourselves the question: Just why are the Communists backing the third party? They are backing the third party, because they want a Republican victory in November. The Communists feel that by backing the third party they will take away votes from the Democratic ticket and thus elect a Republican President. The Communists want a Republican administration, because they believe its reactionary policies will lead to the confusion and strife upon which Communism thrives. . . . The truth is, the Democratic party has been leading the fight to make democracy effective and to wipe out Communism in the United States. . . . We worked at it every day-and not just before elections. We continue to work at it, and not just before elections.

Harry Truman September 28, 1948 *

Resigning from his post as editor of the New Republic, Henry Wallace threw himself into the struggle to build a third-party opposition to Truman in the winter of 1948, Yet the venture was probably doomed from the outset. Carrying out the strategies suggested by the Clifford memorandum, the ADA and the CIO smeared Wallace from the beginning as a dupe of the Communists and attacked his new party as a Trojan

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Prelude to the People's Century 1
  • Notes 31
  • 2 - Keeper of the Flame 36
  • Notes 74
  • 3 - The Missouri Compromise of 1944 81
  • Notes 117
  • 4 - Reconversion and Reaction 124
  • Notes 155
  • 5 - From Stettin in the Baltic 160
  • Notes 193
  • 6 - A Crisis of the American Spirit 200
  • Notes 226
  • 7 - Manifest Destiny, 1947: the Triumph of Containment 231
  • Notes 260
  • 8 - The Last Battle 266
  • Notes 297
  • 9 - The Twenty-First Century 304
  • Notes 328
  • Appendix: the Mysticism Legend 333
  • Notes 341
  • Select Bibliographical Essay 343
  • Index 361
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