U.S. At War: President's Choice

The heat was on the President. The wartime anti-strike bill had reached his desk and there were now three choices before him: 1) sign the bill; 2) veto it; 3) let it become law without his signature.

The bill's sponsors—Senator Tom Connally of Texas and Representatives Howard Smith of Virginia and Forest Harness of Indiana—confidently predicted Presidential approval. But not in his wildest dreams could the most optimistic anti-laborite in Washington quite visualize a scene in which the President smilingly signed the labor-crunching bill and handed the pen as a trophy to labor-baiting Howard...

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