Presidential Campaigning: Truman's Whistle-Stop Tour
Bess Truman: Law, Politics and Govt
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Three to four class periods
In the presidential election of 1948 Harry S. Truman, the Democratic incumbent President of the United States, ran against the Republican nominee, Thomas E. Dewey.Most of the national media didn’t give Truman much of a chance of winning the election. One of Truman’s campaign tactics was an ambitious 30,000-mile whistle stop train tour around the United States. On some days he made as many as eight speeches. Large crowds came out to listen to the President. Bess Truman accompanied her husband on these campaign tours on a special train called The Magellan. It was from the back of this train that the famous photograph of Harry Truman holding up the newspaper that proclaimed “Dewey Defeats Truman” was taken.
Steven R. Goldzwig, Truman's Whistle-Stop Campaign, Texas A&M University Press, 2008.
Truman’s Whistle Stop Tour
Blank Outline Map of the United States Credits: This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.