THE NATION: No Pig-in-a-Poke

A definite public attitude in the U.S. toward Western Europe was finally taking shape. The attitude in most respects reflected U.S. citizens at their best—a neighborly people, willing to help and prompted by humanitarian impulses, but nevertheless hardheaded and cautious.

A nation where charity is Big Business, where community-chest drives and Red Cross campaigns are splendidly supported, understood that free-&-easy charity sometimes does more harm than good. The U.S. was prepared to help Western Europe, but on a businesslike basis. A lot of U.S. money and goods had already been poured into Europe—more than $8.6 billion since war's end. The question...

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