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Bachelor of Arts




Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman was the Virginia-born editor of The Richmond News Leader from 1915 to 1949. He is also widely known as the author of several historical works--notably a biography of R.E. Lee for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1934, and a biography of George Washington which he had not quite finished at the time of his death in 1953.

This thesis is an attempt to discuss the views held by Dr. Freeman on the Presidential elections of 1936 and 1940. The only source of information used was his editorials during those two years. I have attempted to include all relevant remarks and ideas found in those editorials so that his total thinking on the elections be presented. The material was not gathered to fit into special topics but I took all material concerning the elections and then arranged it in the form presented here.