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    Harry S. Truman Signed Presidential Address Delivered at the National Plowing Match in Dexter, Iowa. Six pages, 8" x 14", September 18, 1948. In this address, Truman discusses the importance of maintaining a stable agriculture, the aims of the Democratic Party, and the dangers of the "Republican gluttons of privilege". The National Plowing Match was one of a series of campaign whistle-stops, instrumental in his "come from behind" victory against Dewey. Truman sought to connect with the "every man" voters, in part:

    "The Democratic Party is fighting the farmer's battle. We believe that farmers are entitled to share equally with other people in our national income. We believe that a prosperous and productive agriculture is essential to our national welfare. But the Democratic Party does not stand in defense of the farmer alone. It stands for the people of the United States - the farmer, the industrial workers, and the white-collar worker. Our intentions are made clear by our deeds. In this Twentieth Century, every great step forward has come during Democratic administrations of the National Government. Every movement backward has come under Republican auspices, and it is the people who have paid dearly for these reactionary moves. Too much is now at stake - here and throughout the world - to take the wrong path now. There is one way to stop the forces of reaction. Get every vote on Election Day, and make it count. You can't afford to waste your votes this year. I'm not asking you just to vote for me. Vote for yourselves! Vote for your farms! Vote for the standard of living that you have won under a Democratic Administration! Get out there on Election Day, and vote for your future!" Truman has signed at the top of the first page in black ink.

    Condition: Flattened folds, pages are stapled together; lightly toned throughout.

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