National Affairs: Hero's Welcome

One after another, the great cities of San Francisco, Washington and New York found themselves gripped by a kind of patriotic emotion seldom evoked in the doubting cynical midcentury. A similar excitement spread across the rest of the country. General Douglas MacArthur, after 14 years in the Pacific Ocean area, had come home to the greatest ovation ever given an American.

Even to those who fully sensed the U.S. public's indignation at Harry Truman's summary firing of the nation's No. 1 soldier, it was an amazing phenomenon. For even to those who looked on...

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