Nation: Trying to Feel at Home

"I feel at home," Hubert Humphrey told a crowd of 1,200 in Wichita Falls, Texas, but it was perfectly obvious that he did not. As a notorious Northern liberal making his first campaign venture into the Deep South—a two-day tour of Texas and Arkansas—the Democratic vice-presidential candidate at first was as nervous as a spinster at a stag party. He stumbled over his words, mentioned President Kennedy when he meant Lyndon Johnson, seemed thoroughly ill at ease.

Not until he reached San Antonio did Humphrey begin to warm up. There he attracted 5,000 people, including many Mexican-Americans, to the Alamo, led them...

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