National Affairs: All I Have Worked For

At his press conference, Harry Truman was obviously thinking of an apostleship-of-peace plank in the Democratic Party's 1952 platform. "We would probably go back to the dark ages if we have a third world war," he said in mortuary tones. The U.S. itself would become a battlefront, he warned. His remarks (which he allowed to be quoted directly) were the latest in a string of melancholy lectures to the U.S. public on the horrors of war.

He squared his shoulders, gestured with both hands out: "That is all I have worked for—for peace in the world—for six years. Nothing in my life...

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