U.S. At War: Breathing Spell

Up rose Majority Leader Barkley in the midst of the 40-hour-week hullabaloo in Congress. He told his colleagues their hysteria was needless. The critical mail pouring into Washington had been inspired by old enemies of the New Deal. The motive: to destroy New Deal labor laws. The "grass roots" uprising in the South was an organized campaign. Congressmen bellowing about the 40-hour week had better go home, talk to the voters.

Lip. Galluses snapped, furious fingers waved, but the Senate did finally agree to a truce. Labor legislation was shelved until April 20. First bill then: fire-breathing Texas Tom Connally's seize-freeze bill...

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