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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt Courts Republican Progressives in the 1936 Election A rare autograph letter as President with political content concerning one of FDR's presidential election campaigns A rare autograph letter as President with political content concerning one of FDR's presidential election campaigns
1920. Jun-36. <p>Smith W. Brookhart was twice elected as a Republican to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. He was a populist and a progressive of the Theodore Roosevelt stripe, and virtually dominated Iowa politics from 1920-1933. He was critical of Presidents Coolidge and Hoover as too controlled by big business and not interested enough in creating markets for farm products, so he was considered an "insurgent" within the Republican Party of the 1930's. After his last term ended in January 1933, he carried this campaign for farm markets into the New Deal when in 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him foreign trade advisor for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. But New Deal agricultural policy went in the direction of production controls and Brookhart resigned from the AAA. This was of concern to Roosevelt because he worried that others in the farm belt who were former supporters might jump ship in the 1936 election and cost him the presidency.</p><blockquote><p>I think it is really politically important</p></blockquote><p> </p><p>Brookhart was out of office in 1936 but still had strong influence in Iowa, which then as now was something of a swing state in presidential elections. In June 1936, Roosevelt was renominated by the Democrats and began campaigning for a second term. Although he would win in a landslide in November, the outcome was not so clear during the campaign. This was in part because polling was not very sophicated; the highly regarded Liberty Digest straw poll predicted a big Landon victory. FDR had great political instincts and intend … [Click Below for Full Description]
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