THE NATION: St. Louis Woman

An editorial writer for the St. Louis Star-Times answered his telephone. "Can you spare a minute?" a woman's voice asked. "I've seen loved ones hurt or killed now in two world wars. I've got two boys who stand to be drawn into this one. You write editorials, you hear what's going on. Can't you give me some hope? Can't you tell me what we should do?"

Across the U.S., men & women grappled with the same questions. Their search for an answer had set off a great debate, which filled the air waves and packed the letters-to-the-editor columns. Herbert Hoover...

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