Purge Of 1938

   Angered by conservative members of the Democratic Party who were forming a conservative bloc with Republicans in Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt actively intervened in the elections of 1938 to try to block the nomination of several incumbent Democrats. Such an action was unprecedented and was referred to as the “purge,” echoing the actions of totalitarian leaders in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. In the event, the attempt failed, and only one of the conservatives was defeated. It also increased the impression that the president was assuming dictatorial powers and increased opposition rather than reducing it.

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

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