Like many another pre-war phenomenon, Mr. Dies was obsolete.

Once a loud Dies committee booster, the American Legion now looked the other way. The press grew more & more hostile to an investigation that seemed irresponsible. Many who once thought Martin Dies served a purpose —when there actually was a fellow traveler behind every other lamppost —became more & more sniffy about his methods, said the FBI could look after such things better. But fewer and cooler headlines made Martin Dies reckless. He made the mistake of colliding with Vice President Henry Wallace,...

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