Guide for Gillon, The
American Paradox, Chapter 2
difficulties, Truman’s unpopularity, gain in Republican power
did liberals/progressives dislike Harry Truman?
Act and Truman’s futile veto
Wallace’s third party
was Truman’s strategy to hold the Democratic Party together and win the
election in 1948?
was Truman’s stance on civil rights for African Americans, and what was
its effect on the Democratic Party?
- Dixiecrat Party & Strom Thurmond
acceptance speech (1948). According to Truman, what was right about the Democratic
Party; what was wrong with the Republican Party; what reforms did he
“the most dramatic upset victory in the history of presidential elections”
– why did Truman win? (several reasons)
“Fair Deal,” congressional reform legislation, and its limits. Why was the
Fair Deal only partially successful?
**What does the “vital center”
(the “new liberalism”) refer to? Describe its stance on capitalism and
economics, and America’s
role in the world. What does Gillon see as the
significance of the vital center in terms of the main theme of his book (i.e.