The First Swallow

"I've got to have it if I am going to handle this reconversion problem. If you have been out to such places as Detroit and Los Angeles, you know there is going to be serious unemployment in some of these cities. I know because I have been through these plants myself when I was Senator. This problem is going to be serious."

So President Truman told Congressional leaders in private, before he sent Congress his message urging that special unemployment insurance should be provided to tide war workers over the reconversion period—not less than $25 a week for as long...

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