People: The Furrowed Brow

"I am not an optimist or a pessimist," announced Socialist Norman Thomas to a Kansas City audience. "I am a meliorist."

Eleanor Roosevelt couldn't quite see why Franklin Jr. "or anyone else wants to get into politics . . . But if he wants to, he has as much right to run as anyone."

"The Soviet woman, despite her sturdiness and resistance to hunger, cold, and suffering, cannot thrive on the misery that is her lot," said Mrs. Oksana Kasenkina, who jumped from a third floor window last summer rather than go back to the...

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