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Election Notes

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Election Notes Pols 2312 (Political Science, Dr. Allen Saxe)

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These notes cover election history from 1928-1970s. This includes everything from Al Smith to FDR. It also covers important historical topics that might have affected the election like the Dust Bowl.
State and Local Government
Allen Saxe
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Government, Election, texas, state, FDR
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Robin W. on Monday October 3, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pols 2312 (Political Science, Dr. Allen Saxe) at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Allen Saxe in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 29 views. For similar materials see State and Local Government in Government at University of Texas at Arlington.

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Date Created: 10/03/16
Modern Elections • 1928 o national election o Democratic governor of New York name Al Smith ran for president\ § Catholic § Smoked cigars § Wore a straw hat § There were a lot of democrats in Texas • Al Smith was not welcome in the south because of his liquor consumption and catholic religion o Booed off stage in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston, and Alabama o Big election issues § Crime § Liquor • This was during the prohibition when alcohol was considered illegal in 1920 th • This was eventually stopped when the 18 amendment allowed alcohol in U.S. in the year 1932 o You were considered a heathen in the South if you were not a democrat o Texas was mainly a protestant state § KKK was active in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston o Hoover won over the South and Texas § Al Smith was not elected president • 1930s o Dust Bowl § This affected major parts of Texas and Oklahoma § It was caused by farmers who didn’t till the soil properly § Part of the New Deal taught farmers how to take care of the soil • 1932 o FDR ran against Hoover in this election § FDR had polio at one point during his lifetime, even though the public was unaware • Paralyzed from the waist down • He was a wealthy aristocrat from New York • He was the governor of New York § Protestant § He attended Harvard § He married his cousin § He was a distant cousin to Teddy Roosevelt • Eleanor Roosevelt’s uncle was Teddy Roosevelt § Dutch § Big businessman • Involved in shipping and investment banking • Multi-millionaire o Most likely would be a billionaire today § He comes from old money • His mother controlled his finances § FDR had other women • When he dies in Warmspring, Georgia (1958) he was with another woman o Presidency § His VP was Nance Garner • From Texas • Cursed a lot • FDR’s running mate two times o 1932 and 1936 § Only 4 presidential terms • Democrats knew that if they didn’t pick someone from the solid south then they wouldn’t win § FDR ran for reelection in 1940 • The North was still economically segregated by ghettos • The South was segregated by law • 1944 o FDR runs for his fourth term § He unfortunately dies early in 1945 § His VP (Truman) takes over his position • He was not a great speaker, but he did campaign well • He was known for firing General Douglas MacArthur o MacArthur wanted to use nuclear weapons on China in the war • Truman was the only president who left office with less money than when he came in o Independence, Missouri is known for its modest presidential library o Speaker of the house § The present speaker is Paul Ryan • Republican § At the time, Sam Rayburn was the speaker • He was on a national level • From Texas o U.S. Senate § Lyndon B. Johnson • His wife was nicknamed “Ladybird” • He married into his money • Texas was a powerful state when FDR was in office • The south was in terrible shape after the civil war


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