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Clipped from a longer Yank article about the 1944 presidential election and the widespread disillusionment held by many Black-American voters regarding the failings of Roosevelt's New Deal:

"...the Negro vote, about two million strong, is shifting back into the Republican column."

The report is largely based upon the observations of one Harper's Magazine correspondent named Earl Brown, who misread the tea leaves. As disappointed as many Blacks were with President Roosevelt (they were rightfully fed up with the segregated military, the President's collusion with Southern Democrats, and being bypassed by many NRA programs - which they called "Negroes Robbed Again"), they would not desert the Democratic Party until General Eisenhower campaigned for the Presidency in 1952 - and they did so in huge numbers (and then came back).

The group that advised FDR on all matters involving the African-American community was popularly known as "the Black Brain Trust"...

The historian Henry Steele Commager chose to rank FDR at number 19 insofar as his impact on the American mind was concerned - click here to understand his reasoning...

Was Henry Wallace a "dirty Red"?


African-Americans, FDR,  and the 1944 Election (Yank Magazine, 1944)

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