THIRD PARTIES: Am I in America?

Virginia received Henry Wallace in sullen silence. State authorities had ducked the segregation issue by decreeing that the Wallace gatherings were "private parties," to which the state segregation law does not apply. No bands turned out, no crowds gathered to watch his progress. Wrote the New York Herald Tribune's John Chabot Smith: "Mr. Wallace's movements in Virginia had something of the eerie quality of an old-fashioned silent movie in a theater without a piano player."

North Carolina made up for it. At the Progressive Party's state convention in Durham, 25 noisy pickets set off a wild scuffle. Eggs were thrown,...

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