U.S. At War: Bricker's Sawdust Trail

Big, white-haired John Bricker rolled on in his prodigious Western tour, preaching the straight Republican gospel morning, noon & night, sometimes making nine speeches in a 15-hour day of traveling. He stumped Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, riding hatless up dozens of main streets in dozens of shiny open automobiles. Applause followed his tall, white-crested figure constantly, but it was hard to tell whether his muscular evangelism was bringing Democrat sinners forward to be saved or merely firing the faithful with enthusiasm.

Most of John Bricker's gospel was compounded of dogma which Republicans have used with dulling regularity; he called upon the...

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