Tuesday, November 12, 2019

FDR and His Unprecedented Fourth Term

On November 7, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first and only President of the United States to be elected for a fourth term. (Seven years later, the 22ndAmendment to the Constitution would limit the number of times a person could be president to two.) And if FDR’d had his way, Harry S. Truman would not have become the 33rdPresident.

Unlike in 1940 when the Democrats were split about who to nominate, Roosevelt easily won the nomination at the 1944 Democratic convention, making him the first person to serve as a major party nominee in four separate presidential elections. After successful leading the country through the Depression and three years of war, FDR was popular and faced little opposition within his party. Even though the Southern Democrats were unhappy with his racial policies, they were pleased with the amount of war activities and industries to their states, so they agreed with his nomination. Reports indicate there were a few pro-segregationist delegates who tried to get Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd nominated, but Byrd refused to run.

Henry A. Wallace had been FDR’s Vice President since 1941, but there was significant opposition to putting him forward in the 1944 election. Some felt he was too left-wing and personally eccentric to be next in line for the presidency. Others remembered that he’d performed so poorly as economic coordinator, that Roosevelt had removed him from the post. 

Instead, party leaders introduced Harry Truman as a possible candidate, and after extensive conversations, Roosevelt reluctantly agreed to accept him as his running mate. FDR knew very little about Truman other than that he was a moderate from Missouri, and he’d performed well as chair of a Senate wartime committee investigating fraud and inefficiency in the war program.

Because of Roosevelt’s popularity, the Republicans knew it would be a difficult election to win. Initial nominees under consideration were Wendell Wilkie (the party’s 1940 nominee), Senator Robert Taft of Ohio (son of former president William Taft), and New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. General Douglas McArthur even made the short list, but realizing he had a war to finish, party leaders didn’t move forward with his nomination. Taft choose not to run and suggested Ohio Governor John W. Bricker. The final pair consisted of Dewey as the Republican Presidential Candidate and Bricker as Vice-president.

Roosevelt won by a landslide, taking thirty-six of the forty-eight states. His decision to make Truman his running mate proved consequential. Roosevelt died in April 1945, and Truman became president on April 12th.

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone's throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII. To learn more about Linda and her books, including her latest release, Love's Allegiance, visit her website. Receive a free short story when you sign up for her newsletter.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Devotion: When Troubles Surround You

So do not fear, for I am with you
do not be dismayed, for I am your God,
I will strengthen you and help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the problems in your life?
Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you'll not make it through 
the troubles you're going through?
Have your friends forsaken you or turned their backs on you?
Are you disappointed at other people's reactions?

Don't fret!
God has our back. 
Hold your head high.
Lift your hands in praise.

Today, I was disappointed in friends actions when one person 
asked them to share.
I wanted to correct them, rebuke them,
argue with them.

Sometimes we do get disappointed
or hurt or upset.

But I've purposed in my heart to:
not allow that disappointment in others to keep me down.

I will lift up my head and rejoice.
I will sing when the tears come.
I will shout a hallelujah to heaven!

I know God will strengthen me
He'll uphold my with his hand.
For he is my God!


Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot

A Tender Hope is a sweet love story. Amanda Cabot has produced another winner in her Cimarron Creek series. I loved the way Thea Michener learned to trust and love again despite what she assumed were hurts from her deceased husband. Ranger Jackson Guthrie is an old softie and I truly enjoyed seeing him grow throughout the book. The combination makes for a story you won't be able to put down. Wonderful story, Amanda Cabot. Thank you for sharing your gift.

Here's the back cover blurb:

As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it's time for a change. With her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek's midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn't sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn't concerned only with the baby's welfare. He's been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated--and he'll need Thea's help if he's ever to find the justice he seeks.

2019 - While this book was provided for free, I wasn't under any obligation to write a favorable review. The pleasure was mine.

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She's a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.