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The Real Stolen Election – Frank Hague and the NJ Governor’s Race of 1937
November 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
In late 1937, Jersey City’s powerful Mayor and political power broker, Frank Hague, faced some of the fiercest challenges of his long career. Deteriorating relations with organized labor, especially with the CIO, would culminate in violent clashes over the right to rally and organize on city streets – leading eventually to a Supreme Court case that began a redefinition of First Amendment rights.
Having seen the Democratic candidate for governor, William L. Dill, go down to defeat – for a second time – in 1934, Hague surely felt pressure to deliver an electoral majority from Hudson County. Especially as the candidate was his friend and political ally, A. Harry Moore.
Deliver he did, to such an extent that accusations of voter fraud and ballot manipulation – not unusual in his career – seemed to gain some traction.
Historian Joseph M. Murray joins us to discuss an article in process for publication on “The Real Stolen Election,” including some of the language that calls to mind more recent political discourse.
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