Behind the Picture: ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ and the Politics of Memory

President Harry Truman jubilantly holds up a Chicago newspaper emblazoned with the (erroneous) headline, DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN. In fact, Truman handily beat New York governor Thomas Dewey in the tight 1948 presidential election.
Behind the Picture
W. Eugene Smith—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

No political photo is more famous than W. Eugene Smith's shot of Harry Truman holding aloft a newspaper with the (erroneous) headline, DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN. Read More

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