It was nice to be back in Washington. After six years of wartime exile, 5,500 Daughters of the American Revolution descended on Constitution Hall for their 56th annual convention, filled up the hotels, overflowed into most of the department stores, antique shops and restaurants, eddied discreetly into cocktail lounges. Then they settled down to the strenuous business of recording their views on national affairs and electing a new president. First came the resolutions. The ladies were against: world government (though "earnestly in support" of world organization), Communism, immigration, federal aid to education (as an invasion of...

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