About the Program
Historian Stanley Weintraub recounts Franklin D. Roosevelt's last presidential campaign in 1944, which secured his fourth term. The author recalls that Roosevelt was unsure that his health, he suffered from polio that he hid from the populace, would allow him to continue to serve the country. Mr. Weintraub examines the issues that marked the war-time election, from the Democrat’s choice of Harry Truman as vice president to the concerns of the Republican Party and their ticket of Thomas Dewey, governor of New York and his running mate, John Bricker, governor of Ohio. Stanley Weintraub speaks at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.