The Clearing

Local advisers had warned him that the speech he planned to make would be poor politics in a town where fully two-thirds of the people are of German descent. That made no difference to Wendell Willkie. To 3,000 listeners in the Civic Auditorium of little Norfolk, Neb. (pop. 10,490) that evening, the big man proudly recalled his early and potent support of Lend-Lease, Selective Service and other war measures which most Republican professionals opposed. With strong hands and heavy voice he hammered away at his familiar arguments for international cooperation and all-out,...

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