People: Burden of Proof

For Singer Paul Robeson, it was a busy week. Stepping off a plane in New York after a four-month tour of eight European countries, including a visit to the U.S.S.R., the burly baritone orated: "In Eastern democracies [i.e., the Soviet satellites] the people are happy and singing and are trying to build for peace—while I have to be met by a police squad*... an interesting welcome." As for Europe, "I found nothing but friendliness and good will for the workers and progressives in America." But "I found no liking for the Marshall Plan among...

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