National Affairs: The Final Swing

Adlai Stevenson set off on his final campaign trip, a 14-day rail swing through the Central and Northeastern states. Throughout his campaign Stevenson had labored at a dual task: impressing his own character on the public mind and articulating his fear of the consequences of Republican victory. Now, with only a few days left until Nov. 4, he was trying to put across the two concepts simultaneously. As a result his public personality altered sharply from speech to speech.

In a televised speech from Chicago early in the week, he was once again the eloquent, almost dispassionate Stevenson of the early...

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