I first met Adlai Stevenson in 1946. Edward Weeks, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, suggested that I write a piece about the impending mid-term congressional election. It was the first postwar national election, the first since FDR’s death, the first since the dropping of the atomic bomb. It was also the first national test for the Truman administration—and people were already complaining and making condescending cracks, like “To err is Truman.” I thought it would be a good idea to take the political temperature in a few key states.
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