U.S. At War: Dinner-Table Treason

Seldom has a U.S. business firm taken such a smearing as Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey got last week. Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold swung the rubber hose while the Truman Committee held the victim. Before the company could even yell, it found itself blamed for the U.S. rubber shortage, slugged for playing along with the Axis. Senator Harry S. Truman had even shouted "Treason!"

For two days Thurman Arnold monopolized the nation's front pages; Standard was damned from hell to breakfast. But this week, when the company finally got a chance to...

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