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Chester A. Franklin and Harry S. Truman: An African-American Conservative and the "Conversion" of the Future President
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TitleChester A. Franklin and Harry S. Truman: An African-American Conservative and the "Conversion" of the Future President
AbstractExtensive article about the influence of Chester Franklin (1880-1955), "the African-American publisher of 'The Call,' a black Kansas City newspaper," starting in 1919, on future president Harry Truman (1884-1972), along with other "contradictory interpretations of Truman's attitudes toward African Americans." Photos and description of Franklin, born in 1880 in Texas, growing up "in all-black Nicodemus, Kansas," and arriving in Kansas City in 1913, a conservative anti-Democrat.
NotesPage 77: "By playing a role in Truman's 'conversion' and supporting the future president in the critical 1940 campaign, Franklin inadvertently helped the Democrats take the lead in civil rights, consequently insuring the decline of his own philosophy."
AuthorThomas D. Wilson
DateOctober 1993
SourceMissouri Historical Review
LocationPeriodical
Volume88
Number1
Page48-77
See AlsoKansas City, America's Crossroads: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906-2006, MVSC 977.8411 K163, p.220. (Article has been reprinted in this book.)
Local SubjectFranklin, Chester A.
Journalists
African Americans
Truman, Harry S.
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID109197
CONTENTdm number15397
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