The great strike ended. Britons at first cared little why or how. It was over. But its effects lingered, long to be felt. The "strike wounds" of industry were healing slowly. If they were to heal completely, the cure must be wrought by the aid of lessons learned.

A great figure had emerged, Stanley Baldwin. But his ultimatum to the strikers — that negotiations with them could not be resumed until the strike was called off — made it necessary that before he could become the — at least temporary — national hero, an...

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