How Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948.

Whistlestop: Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the Ages

Whistlestop: Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the Ages

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
June 25 2015 12:10 PM

Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the Ages

Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948.

Dewey Defeats Truman
President Harry Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his loss to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election, St. Louis, November 1948.

Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 12 of Whistlestop:

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political columnist and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each weekly installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.

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