U.S. At War: The Power of P.A.C.

After the convention had run two days, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page cartoon, in four colors, showing Sidney Hillman playing Cardinal Wolsey to Henry Wallace's Cromwell (with a tin can tied to his robes). Earlier, the Tribune had called Sidney Hillman a "kingmaker," and enthusiastically described how he and Senator Harry Truman breakfasted over croissants and cafe au lait in Hillman's room at the Ambassador East Hotel. (Actually, they both had orange juice, bacon & eggs, coffee.)

But the Tribune was not alone in noting the power in the Democratic Party of Sidney Hillman, chairman of the C.I.O.'s Political Action Committee...