The Avalanche Rumbles

Like a reluctant avalanche Franklin Roosevelt's Administration began to move. The public had shouted for action but its shouts had had no more effect than firecrackers in moving a mountainside. The President's popularity, measured by the Gallup poll, had sunk from 84% after Pearl Harbor, to 78% a month ago, to 70% last week.

But none of these things started the avalanche. It formed slowly, as avalanches usually do when the sun after shining for some time produces a critical thaw releasing the forces of nature. So many necessities of war and economics...

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