1948 Democratic National Convention
1948 Democratic National Conventionwas held at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 12to July 14, and resulted in the nominations of incumbent Harry S. Trumanfor President and U.S. Senator Alben W. Barkleyof Kentuckyfor Vice President in the Presidential election of 1948.
Hubert Humphrey's Civil Rights address and its consequences
When Minneapolis mayor
Hubert Humphreyaddressed the convention, he urged the Democratic Party to "get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights," prompting a walkout by Southern delegates who later nominated Strom Thurmondas the presidential nominee of the States' Rights Party (Dixiecrats). This was a launching point for Humphrey; he was elected to the United States Senatelater that year and to the Vice Presidency in 1964.
In the absence of three dozen Southern delegates who walked out of the convention with Thurmond, 947 Democrats voted to nominate Truman as their candidate (against 263 for Senator
Richard Russell, Jr.of Georgia).
U.S. Senator Alben W. Barkleyof Kentuckywas nominated by acclamation without a roll call vote.
* [http://www.trumanlibrary.org/educ/1948.htm President Truman's Address to the 1948 Democratic National Convention]
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