U.S. At War: The Strangest Campaign

It was political harvest time. Candidate Roosevelt set out across 1,800 miles of the richest voting soil in the U.S.

Everywhere the crowds were reminiscent of 1936 and 1940. In Wilmington, Del., thousands (many of them shipworkers) overflowed the railroad station to see Franklin Roosevelt, hatless on a raw day, make a brief rear-platform appearance. The 13-car train chuffed past a lonely country road, where 50 schoolchildren, shepherded by an anxious teacher, waved at the President. In Chester, Pa., 2,000 were at the station, though the train did not stop. And at Philadelphia,...

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