Button, Harry S. Truman, 1948

Button, Harry S. Truman, 1948

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Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency upon the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. In the first months of his administration, Truman began to promote “fair dealing” domestically for farmers, labor, and business and internationally for persons recovering from the Second World War. Using words that reminded voters of earlier presidential visions—the Square Deal (Theodore Roosevelt) and the New Deal (Franklin D. Roosevelt)—by 1947 Truman was advocating that “if we get a fair deal for everybody, why the country will be all right.”
Truman ran for a full term in his own right in 1948. Even though his policy program would not become knowns as the “Fair Deal” until after the election, the phrase became part of his campaign. Truman won the election defeating three other candidates: Thomas Dewey (Republican), Strom Thurmond (States’ Rights Democratic), and Henry Wallace (Progressive) who finished in that order.
Object Name
date made
Truman, Harry S.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
white, red, blue (overall color)
overall: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Robert N. Ferrell
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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