Profiles in Courage - Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9 Summary

The son of a former President, Robert Taft, a Republican from Ohio, wanted to be president but never received the nomination. In 1946, Senator Taft spoke at Kenyon College at a conference on Anglo-American heritage, and used the dais as a platform to denounce the War Crimes Trials and the Nuremberg Trials because the crimes were being tried under an ex post facto law. Taft felt that this was unconstitutional and un-American. The background for this announcement was the Presidential election in which Taft's rival Republican Governor Dewey disassociated himself with Taft's views in order to go on and win the election.

Chapter 9 Analysis

Robert A. Taft had an interesting dilemma because he wanted to be president, and he was the son of a former president, but his views were not majority views, and he was loath to compromise on them. He also did not shy away from...

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