Local Politics, Global Power

Hart and Mondale make America's world role the key issue

To fathers and sons who argued the Viet Nam War over the kitchen table, the scene was thoroughly familiar. The stern elder, graying hair neatly cropped and parted, lectures on the global responsibilities of a world power. The skeptical younger man, thick hair curling over ears, demands to know why American boys must be sent off to die in vain. Each loses his temper and falls to impugning the integrity of the other.

The table in this scene, however, was not in a kitchen but in the rotunda of Columbia University's Low Library...

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