THE PRESIDENCY: Irritated Man

Underlip clamped over upper, knuckles on his desk, Harry Truman faced his questioners. He had just declared the railroad tie-up "intolerable in an emergency" (see Labor), and announced that he had told the Army to "take appropriate action." Had he any news of progress in the dispute between the switchmen and the railroads? a reporter asked. Truman said that they were still talking with each other, that, as the reporters knew, an agreement had been signed. Harry Truman paused, then burst out angrily: the railroad union leaders acted like a bunch of...

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