Progressive Party (United States, 1948)

The United States Progressive Party of 1948 was a left-wing political party that ran former Vice President Henry A. Wallace of Iowa for president and U.S. Senator Glen H. Taylor of Idaho for vice president in 1948. While sharing the name of the parties that Theodore Roosevelt and Robert La Follette ran on as third party candidates in the presidential elections of 1912 and 1924, respectively, it was not related to either. Unlike the 1912 and 1924 Progressive Parties, whose candidates both made strong showings and racked up Electoral College votes, the 1948 Progressive Party failed to win a single state, coming in fourth in the November election behind Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat Party.

The Progressive Party of Henry Wallace was, and remains, controversial due to the issue of communist influence. The 1948 Progressive Party served as a safe-haven for communists, fellow travelers, and anti-war liberals during the period of the Second Red Scare. Prominent Progressive Party supporters included U.S. Representative Vito Marcantonio and the writer Norman Mailer.

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