THE CAMPAIGN: Ike's Promise

For late September, the day was warm; a stiff breeze whipped the flags atop the big tents and sent dust tides eddying and whirling among them. From the speaker's platform, a sea of humanity stretched away to the rim of the shallow natural basin, where the crowd had gathered. Here, on rolling land near Newton, Iowa, some 80,000 American farmers and townsmen, their wives, kids and relatives assembled last week for the granddaddy of all harvest fairs: the National Field Days, better known as the National Plowing Contest. Now they were giving...

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