National Affairs: Powell's Pain

Adam Clayton Powell, 49, Democratic Congressman from New York's Harlem district, pastor of Harlem's huge Abyssinian Baptist Church, threw his 1956 support to the national Republican ticket, stumped among his fellow Negroes on behalf of President Eisenhower. Already under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Powell landed in trouble with his own party for his political infidelity. But after Ike's victory, at least one of Powell's problems seemed to ease: the tax investigation bogged down.

Inevitably, that brought charges that a grateful Republican Administration was closing the books on Powell. A New York grand jury even threatened to take matters into its...

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