The telephone rang in Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park. It was Cardinal Spellman on the line. Two weeks before, angry at Mrs. Roosevelt's opposition to federal aid to parochial schools, he had accused her of "discrimination unworthy of an American mother," and announced flatly that no matter what Mrs. Roosevelt had further to say, "I shall not again publicly acknowledge you."

Now he had written another statement, he told Mrs. Roosevelt, and he would like her to read it before it was released. "In the midst of the great confusion and the many regrettable misunderstandings and misinterpretations," he wanted...

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