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David Lee, F.H. Thompson, James Bennett
Department of History
Master of Arts
Analysis showed that the 1938 Kentucky State primary became the focal point of a national political struggle over the New Deal. The Kentucky campaign was the most significant of the mid-term elections which represented a major test of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's political strength. Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley gave unwavering support to Roosevelt and the New Deal while his opponent, Kentucky Governor Albert B. Chandler, represented conservative Democrats who sought to wrest control of the party from Roosevelt. The clash of two powerful Kentucky politicians and the widespread use of federal and state patronage distinguished the campaign. Barkley's victory is attributed to his political skills and the enduring popularity of the New Deal.
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Hixson, Walter, "The 1938 Kentucky Senate Election: Alben Barkley, the New Deal & the Defeat of Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler" (1981). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2503.