How the Midwest and South Gave Truman His Razor-Thin 1948 Victory

He won the support of Roosevelt’s “New Deal” coalition: labor, Blacks, Jews, farmers from the Midwest, and a number of southern states. Introduction Democratic Party’s poor showing in the 1946 mid-term congressional elections—in which the Republican Party took control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first time since 1928—considerably dimmed[…]

CONELRAD: The 20-Year Trial Run of Truman’s Emergency Alert System

Prior to 1951, there was no systematic way for the U.S. government to communicate with citizens during an emergency. Introduction CONELRAD (Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) was a method of emergency broadcasting to the public of the United States in the event of enemy attack during the Cold War. It was intended to allow continuous broadcast of civil defense information to the public using radio stations,[…]