The Hemisphere: Embracing the Church

During his last days in office, Mexico's President Miguel Alemán seemed at the height of his magnetic appeal. Wherever he went, dedicating public works (many of them unfinished) that he wanted identified with his regime, crowds collected and cheered. At his residence one morning, 10,000 civil servants serenaded him, then presented him with an unofficial medal of gratitude. Later a 200-car caravan, filled with nearly 1,000 men, women & children, arrived outside the palace from Nogales, on the Arizona border, to thank the retiring leader for his public works.

Of all his ribbon-cutting jaunts, none was more significant than his brief journey...

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