U.S. At War: Good-Neighborly Day

It was a great, Good-Neighborly occasion. Los Angeles' entire Mexican colony—biggest outside Mexico's borders—had turned out to celebrate their Independence Day. In front of the reviewing stand at the State Building milled a bright crowd of 10,000 men & women in scrapes and gay finery.

And on the reviewing stand, happiest of all, stood Good Neighbor Henry Wallace —first Spanish-speaking Vice President the U.S. had ever had. A tiny Mexican girl ran to the stand, kissed him on the cheek. The crowd waved Mexican and U.S. flags with equal enthusiasm.

Good Neighbor Wallace stepped to the microphone, spoke in the unhesitating Spanish he...

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