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The Iron Man Becomes a Veep

The Iron Man Becomes a Veep

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Alben Barkley
James K. Libbey
University Press of Kentucky

After World War II, Barkley chaired the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. His committee’s recommendations were later fulfilled by passage of the National Security Act, which created the Central Intelligence Agency and what was ultimately called the Department of Defense. After GOP victories in 1946, Barkley could express his gratification for bipartisan support for foreign affairs during the Cold War by approval of Greek-Turkish aid and Marshall Plan. At the 1948 Democratic national convention, Barkley was named the party’s vice presidential nominee on a ticket headed by Truman. Truman went on a whistle-stop campaign, but Barkley flew on the first prop-stop campaign. The pair won in one of the most incredible upsets in American politics. The Veep became the first working vice president in American history. He supported Truman via speeches made across the United States and served as the administration’s point man in the Senate.

Keywords:   Barkley and family, Pearl Harbor Committee, Harry S. Truman, Cold War, Greek-Turkish aid, Marshall Plan, prop-stop campaign, Veep, working vice president

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