The third coal strike ended. The miners straggled back to work. Now it was time for Franklin Roosevelt, for John L Lewis and for every U.S. citizen to ask himself who had won.
One thing was certain. The U.S. people had not won. They could reckon their losses in simple arithmetic:
> 20,000,000 tons of coal.
>75-100,000 tons of steela loss that would cause incalculable delays in war production.
This loss was irretrievable. The coal, the steel, the time, had gone. Coal Boss Harold Ickes warned that coal might be rationed by year's end.
Franklin Roosevelt had won nothing. His Administration had underestimated...