THE PRESIDENCY: Spectacular Ruins

The day after Thanksgiving, a relaxed John L. Lewis trundled aboard an ocean liner and headed for South America. This was a clear indication that Lewis was certain of something that most other people could only suspect: that Harry Truman had already agreed to overrule his mobilizer, his stabilizer and his Wage Stabilization Board and to grant Lewis' United Mine Workers a $1.90-a-day pay raise.

Lewis and the coal-mine operators had agreed on the increase last September, but the Government's stabilizers chopped it down to $1.50 a day as an anti-inflation measure....

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