|Truman’s FAIR DEAL
1949, Truman called for a "Fair Deal" including housing, full employment, and higher minimum wage, better farm supports, new TVAs and extension of Social Security, and increased rights for African Americans.
A. The only major successes were raising the minimum wage, public housing and extending old-age insurance to more beneficiaries (SSA of 1950)
B. Sec. of Agriculture’s proposed program of continued price supports for farmers failed to be passed by Congress and surpluses continued to pile up.
C. In essence, Truman was able to preserve New Deal programs but unable to add to it.
D. Coalition of Republicans and Southern Democrats prevented little more than the maintenance of existing programs.
E. Truman decides not to run for reelection in 1952
1. Military deadlock in Korea, war-induced inflation, and White House scandal.
2. Adlai E. Stevenson runs on the Democratic ticket against Dwight D. Eisenhower.
3. Election of 1952, Eisenhower defeats Stevenson 442-89. Nixon is VP.
XII. American Society in the Post-WWII era (1945-1970)
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