President Harry S. Truman was the first president to address the NAACP, in a speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. During his speech, Truman announced an extension of civil rights to all Americans and “protection of the people by the government,” considered a progressive statement for the time. At the 1948 Democratic Convention, Truman supported a robust civil rights platform, which many believed to be political suicide. He proved critics wrong and won the election of 1948.
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