The Democratic Party was in desperate straits. Until a few months ago, it had been living on smiles and hope. Now its very life was threatened. Unlike the Republican Party, it had at least known who its 1948 presidential candidate would be. Even though nobody was quite sure whether Harry Truman would win or lose, it was unthinkable that the Democrats should not nominate him.

But last week a kind of panic swept through the Democratic ranks. Suddenly Democrats everywhere began to realize that Harry Truman looked like a sure loser in November. The Southern revolt was beginning to look...

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