THE NATION: The Friendly Battle

This week all the major candidates were in the field. The whistles of railway engines wailed across the country and the harumphs of speakers sounded from coast to coast. As the 1948 presidential campaign began, two phenomena became apparent. One was the large crowds which turned out to cheer the dogged little man who (the polls said) couldn't win. The other was the campaign's overall amiability.

The phenomenon of Harry Truman's reception might be explained by the U.S. citizen's sympathy for the underdog, by his admiration for spunkiness, or by just plain...

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