CHAPTER 17
Days of World Crisis

Although domestic issues had determined the Republican election victories in 1938, the party's fortunes for the next eight years were to be conditioned by world affairs. Landon had not been fully aware of this change in 1938, although he had become increasingly concerned with the international consequences of German and Japanese aggrandizement, and he was worried by the administration's handling of foreign relations. Roosevelt's position, as Landon saw it, was neither that of an internationalist nor an isolationist; it was "hasty, impulsive." As the United States became more involved in world crises, the Kansan quickly developed a stand: he would back the administration on issues of national defense and would support a strong hand for the President in countering intimidation from abroad--as he had during the Panay incident and the debate on the Ludlow proposal. Landon believed that any other stance "would encourage the Japanese to the false belief that they could push us around as they please," and thus lead to war. The government's discretion in negotiating international disputes must not be limited: "In a matter of negotiation, there always comes a time when there is a psychological moment to withdraw or to strike and close the deal."1

The Kansan's heightened interest in foreign policy brought him in

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Landon to Hulbert Taft, January 12, 1938, and Landon to E.G. Bennett, January 12, 1938, Alfred M. Landon Papers, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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