Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate

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6
TRUMAN STUMPS
THE NATION

ORGANIZED LABOR played a decisive role in the campaign that followed the 1948 national conventions, particularly in congressional races. Shortly before the Democratic convention it was reported that many union leaders "looked upon Truman's candidacy with skepticism." 1 But after his nomination almost all union officials endorsed him, officially or unofficially. In fact, Jules Abels is persuaded that the PAC and the LLPE each spent over $1,000,000 in the political campaigns of 1948. 2 John L. Lewis was one of the few who refused to support the Democratic candidate. Although Lewis did not formally endorse Dewey, he urged his miners to defeat "Injunction Harry." At the UMW biannual convention in October 1948, Lewis charged Truman with being "cowardly" in his attitude toward labor and a "malignant, scheming sort of individual who is dangerous not only to the United Mine Workers of America but to the United States

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1
"Political Lineup of Union Leaders," United States News and World Report, XIV ( June 25, 1948), 50.
2
Out of the Jaws of Victory, p. 224.

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