A segment from a longer article regarding the 1944 presidential election and the widespread disillusionment held by many Black voters regarding the failings of FDR and his administration:
"...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.
The group that advised FDR on all matters involving the African-American community was popularly known as "the Black Brain Trust"...
The attached article was written by Dr. George Gallup (1901 1984), the pioneering American pollster and founder of the Institute of Public Opinion. Gallup's article reveals some surprising information about American voters and their thoughts concerning FDR's 1940 bid for re-election against Wendell Willkie (1892 1944):
"The poll gave Wilkie eight sure states and he carried ten. It gave Roosevelt a maximum of 472 electoral votes and he received 449... It was most emphatically not a blanket vote of confidence in the domestic program of the New Deal per se..."
Rube Goldberg (1883 1970), one of the iconic, Grand Master ink slingers from days of yore, applied his signature thought pattern to presidential politics in the creation of the attached FDR cartoon. Unlike President Roosevelt, Goldberg recognized that the New Deal was naive in their belief they could create and fund numerous government agencies that bedevil small businesses, reduce productivity, and fix prices while expecting the whole time that the national economy would bloom as a result.
A printable article by John Nance Garner (1868 - 1967), FDR's first Vice-President (1933 - 1941), who wrote a number of pieces for the readers of COLLIER'S MAGAZINE in 1948 outlining the various reasons for their contentious relationship.
"Cactus Jack" Garner bickered with F.D.R. on a number of issues; primarily supporting a balanced federal budget and opposing F.D.R.'s efforts to pack the Supreme Court. Within these attached pages, Garner tells how Roosevelt lost the support of his Democratic Congress.
Read about FDR's African-American advisers here...
Two and a half years were left on the clock for the exiled Leon Trotsky (né Lev Davidovich Bronstein: 1879 1940) until he would have to keep his rendezvous with an icepick in Mexico - and while living it up on this borrowed time he granted an interview to this one correspondent from a Beverly Hills literary magazine in which he ranted on in that highly-dated and terribly awkward Bolsheviki language about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his social programs.
Click here to read an article about the NKVD agent who murdered Trotsky.
A one page history regarding the unprecedented swearing-in ceremonies of the four-term President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 1945).
Read a 1933 article about FDR and the disaster that he tried to fix...
*Watch A Film Clip About FDR's First Innauguration*