Charlie & Oona attend a campaign rally for presidential candidate Henry Wallace, October 1948

Henry Wallace had been FDR’s Secretary of Agriculture, and later was vice president during Roosevelt’s third term (1940-1944). When Roosevelt ran for his fourth term, Wallace was replaced by Harry Truman, who became president when Roosevelt died in 1945

In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace left the Democratic Party to run (unsuccessfully) as the nominee of the Progressive Party against Truman. Chaplin was an enthusiastic supporter. Wallace was a champion for the common man and many of his ideas are still relevant today–universal healthcare, income and wealth inequality, racial discrimination, and women’s rights.

Over 20,000 people attended the rally at Gilmore Stadium.
Charlie, Oona, and the other supporters wave dollar bills during the rally. 

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