Truman vs Dewey: The Election of 1948

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Which major newspaper made the mistake of printing the headline DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN before the election was over?

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1. How many of the 50 political journalists who were polled by Newsweek thought Dewey would win?

2. Who was the incumbent candidate during the Election of 1948?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 1948 race for the White House was one of the most surprising episodes in modern American political history. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the predictions of political analysts and the newspaper coverage of the election.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz questions test your knowledge on the following details of the 1948 election:

  • Congressional results
  • Political parties and trends
  • Truman's candidacy

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read information about the 1948 presidential election and interpret the details correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions on the predictions made
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the key features of the 1948 presidential election

Additional Learning

For a fuller understanding of the unique aspects of this episode of presidential politics, read the accompanying lesson, Truman vs. Dewey: The Election of 1948. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of political journalists in the 1948 presidential election
  • Explain the significance of the election results
  • Describe Truman's campaign
  • Explain Dewey's approach to the 1948 campaign
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