AMERICAN SCENE: New England: Rites of March

The New England town meeting is an institution that has always intrigued foreigners—which, in Yankee country, still means anyone from anywhere else. Next week Jimmy Carter, launching a series of meet-the-people forays into various parts of the country, plans to attend the annual meeting in Clinton, Mass. (pop. 13,383), a manufacturing town north of Boston. Making his first public appearance since he settled in Vermont last fall, Soviet Exile Alexander Solzhenitsyn turned up last week at the meeting in the tiny town of Cavendish (pop. 1,264). He politely greeted his "dear friends...

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