U.S. At War: ZERO HOUR

Roared John L. Lewis to the soft-coal operators: "Friends, Romans, millionaires...It is a safe assumption that without a negotiated contract the miners will not trespass on your property on April 1." He did not say "strike" —he had joined in the no-strike pledge given by labor shortly after Pearl Harbor. But his meaning was clear: he planned to turn his demand for a $2-a-day wage increase into an all-out assault on the Administration's Maginot Line against inflation. Behind the line the Administration worked frantically on its defenses. First move: a delaying action designed to gain another...

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