FOREIGN RELATIONS: We Will Keep the Covenant

In the first month of 1947, the U.S. had two Secretaries of State at the same time. In Washington, Jimmy Byrnes had resigned, but he still carried on, in precarious health. In Honolulu, General George Catlett Marshall, his appointment already confirmed by the Senate, relaxed with his wife in an inconspicuous green cottage, awaiting orders to return for the oath of office.

In the lull between peace conferences the U.S. could look back with a sense of achievement to the mission accomplished by patiently firm Jimmy Byrnes; it looked ahead with confident...

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