U.S. At War: The 79th Sits

When it met for the first time last week, nobody called the 79th a "Victory Congress." That bumptious phrase was tacked to the 78th, which had hoped to help write the peace, had watched Germany's stubborn legions postpone the day of victory. This setback had also changed the outlook for the 79th, which had anticipated in November's piping days that its main tasks would be to organize the peace and to legislate the U.S. back to a peacetime economy. Now the first job was an old job: get on with the war.

The Senate made its transition from old to new in...

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