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One of the most pressing issues in the 1940 presidential election was the war raging in Europe.  Would the U.S. maintain its neutrality, as isolationists desired, or would it actively support the Allies?  Incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt easily won the 1940 Democratic nomination, as many Americans felt he had the expertise to guide the U.S. through the impending war.

After a dramatic national convention, New York businessman Wendell Willkie emerged as the Republican presidential nominee.  Willkie’s campaign heavily criticized FDR’s attempt to win an unprecedented third term in office, ominously hinting at the development of a dictatorship. Willkie also found fault with many of FDR’s New Deal programs developed to assist the U.S. with its recovery from the Great Depression. Ultimately, however, FDR won the 1940 election, becoming the only U.S. president to be elected to more than two terms in office.

The 1944 election occurred while U.S. forces were engaged in the Second World War. The wartime incumbent President Roosevelt, having maintained his popularity, again won the Democratic nomination. Willkie tried for the Republican presidential nomination, but this time it went to Thomas E. Dewey, a former gang-busting District Attorney who was now Governor of New York. On November 7, 1944, the American people elected Roosevelt to serve a fourth term as president. FDR died in office on April 12, 1945, as the war drew to a close. Vice President Harry S. Truman then became the thirty-third President.


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Shall History Repeat Itself in the United States

Shall History Repeat Itself in the United States

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No Third Term!

No Third Term!

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Production Lines or Bread Lines

Production Lines or Bread Lines

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Work with Willkie

Work with Willkie

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