A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 1, 1952

The report this week on the Missouri Valley is the largest color-picture supplement ever to appear in TIME: eight pages, including a two-page map, with a two-page story about the valley —breadbasket and problem child of the U.S.

In the course of his preparation for the story, TIME Writer Alvin Josephy received a fitting baptism into the problems of the Missouri Valley during a 2½-week tour of the region last April. During his flight from St. Louis to Omaha on the first leg of his trip, his plane was ordered to land at Des Moines, with the explanation that the Omaha airport,...

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