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Election Year: 1940

Election Year: 1940

May 1940. "Young Negro farm laborer. Stem, North Carolina." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

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Broughton was a one-term governor because NC governors weren't allowed sucessive terms. (That didn't change until about 1980.) He was elected US senator in 1948 but died a few months later. The 1948 election was the first one my dad (a WWII vet) was old enough to vote in, and he probably voted for Broughton. I don't know if that young fellow would've been able to vote; shamefully, some counties in NC had literacy requirements to prevent blacks from voting.

Campaign Posters

Used to work in the town of Oxford, which is 10-12 miles from Stem, about 30 miles North of Raleigh.

I can well remember seeing those same style of campaign posters in North Carolina well into the 1970's.

J. Melville Broughton

The campaign poster is for Democrat J. Melville Broughton, who won the election and served as governor of North Carolina for a single term, 1941-45. His major issue was education, increasing funding and the length of the school year.

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