National Affairs: The Only Fight

The only real fight at Philadelphia was over the vice presidential nomination. From the White House, Harry Truman flashed the word that he wanted Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

Lunging like a wounded bull, the South charged into action again. To Southerners, Douglas was a more obnoxious champion of Negro rights than Harry Truman ever was. They howled that the Douglas boom was merely an attempt to buy off the old New Dealers, who, under Leon Henderson, were the chief Douglas supporters. Snorted a. Southerner: "Douglas is just Wallace in black robes."

Harry Truman's loyal handyman Les

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