Freedom Begins at Home

With a solemn bow to the Atlantic Charter, which "respects the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live," the U.S. Government resolved last week that home rule begins in your own backyard.

Poverty-struck and overpopulated Puerto Rico, stepchild among U.S. territories, was chosen as the first backyard for experimental freedom. Governor Rexford Guy Tugwell proposed that Puerto Ricans be given the right to elect their own governor. Franklin Roosevelt quickly stepped up to announce that he liked the idea. If Congress changes the Organic Act of 1917, self-government will go into effect in...

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