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Master of Arts




The topical order of the thesis was selected to give the clearest portrayal of Harry Byrd's role in Democratic politics for the period immediately preceding the Democratic presidential nomination of 1932. The first chapter of the thesis explains some of the background of Byrd's political position in Virginia and the national Democratic party. The pre-convention maneuvers of Byrd in the national party are the subject of the second chapter. The third chapter is an analysis of Byrd's own campaign for the presidential nomination in 1932. In the fourth chapter, the activities of the Byrd forces at the Democratic National Convention and the Virginia State Democratic Convention are examined, and the conclusions reached during the study are the subject of chapter five.

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