U.S. At War: The Defeated

Henry Wallace had not wanted to go to Chicago. He was tired and jittery after his trip home from China. His stomach was upset: he had politely munched too many Chinese radishes. For several days he avoided friends and politics by simply locking the door of his Wardman Park apartment.

Finally, after frantic urging by his worried friends, he decided to join battle in Chicago. He made an exquisitely characteristic entrance. While other candidates were ogling photographers and passing out broadsides, Henry Wallace boarded his train one stop away from Washington, got off again one stop before Chicago. Twelve cameramen and...