THE NATION: The New America

The U.S. lay beneath blue skies, benign and contented amid the pageant of the colorings of fall. Aspens turning gold flecked the dense green forests and bleak grey sides of the Rockies; maples turning orange and red spread a magic fire across the dour woods of Minnesota; dahlias glowed purple, pink and coral beside the dark-flowering plums in the gardens of Longview, Wash. By night, the pageant continued amid a blaze of lights of county fairs where Ferris wheels turned and hot dogs sizzled and barkers exhorted.

In two major cities last week—Brooklyn...

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