U.S. At War: To the People

Last week Wendell Willkie rolled back home from a 5,000-mile trip to win Republican leaders by winning the people out from under them. Everywhere, even in the deep South, the people turned out for a look, stayed to cheer. A cheer in December 1943 is not necessarily a vote in November 1944. But the possibility was enough to rouse other Republicans to a stop-Willkie frenzy. Glowed Willkie: "I must be making great progress these days, for the peewees are shooting."

In Democratic Dallas, Willkie drew nearly five times the crowd that Vice President Wallace had five weeks before.

At Amarillo in 1940 small...

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