Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Article Published on

Share the Story of the 1948 Truman-Dewey Campaign with the Young People in Your Life
Exclusive Article Now Available on, the NCBLA's companion educational website to the art and literature anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, features a treasure trove of exclusive articles, discussion questions, activities, and other resources to help young people connect with American history. This substantive educational website has been named one of the American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids.

Parents, teachers, and librarians--remember reading about that famously false headline "Dewey Defeats Truman!?" You can read all about the media's mispredictions and the campaign tactics that led up to the 1948 re-election of Truman in Lyons' exclusive article, and we encourage you to share this story--and the accompanying discussion questions and activities--with all the young people in your life.

Here is an excerpt:

All three major pollsters—Gallup, Roper, and Crosley—throughout the election, predicted Dewey would win by a landslide. ... The Roper poll even stopped surveys in September, so confident were they of Dewey’s victory. Columnist Marquis Childs wrote, “We were wrong, all of us, completely and entirely, the commentators, the political editors, the politicians—except for Harry S Truman…”

No one except Truman himself, and his own pollster, Lester Biffle, Secretary of the Senate, who disguised himself as a chicken peddler and conducted his own poll that showed “the common people” were for Truman, understood the power of the average American citizen to make up his or her own mind. Truman knew: “The people are with us. The tide is rolling. All over the country. I have seen it in the people’s faces. The people are going to win this election.”

To read the entire article about the 1948 election, click here.

Our White House is an outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry that melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers and continuing through the present day, these highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family and classroom sharing -- and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.  

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