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Jameson, Hugh||Hayter, Earl W. (Earl Wiley), 1901-1994

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Social Sciences


Presidents--Term of office--United States; United States--Politics and government--1933-1945


Two questions, "Will President Franklin D, Roosevelt run for a third term in 1940?" and "Should President Roosevelt run for a third term?" formed the most powerful political issue of the President’s second term. This paper attempts to present a historical description of that political issue. The words and actions of the men who wanted Roosevelt to run again are studied as well as those of the men who did not wish Roosevelt to run again. Also dealt with are the President’s own words and actions relative to the issue. How F. D. R. dealt with these hopefuls is important. The 1940 Democratic convention is described as the climax to the issue. Throughout the description it is necessary to relate briefly the foreign and domestic settings of Roosevelt’s second term. These often are of help in providing reasons for the opinions of various men about what Roosevelt should or should not have done in 1940. The paper is concluded with a resume and interpretation of when and why Roosevelt decided positively to run for a third term.


Includes bibliographical references.


68 pages




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