Changing Our Minds
DURING the first World War, I was so sure that Woodrow Wilson would keep us out of war and so sure that we should be kept out of war that I voted for him in 1916. Life conditions plus verbal persuasion had changed me from an ardent young Republican into a "renegade" who voted Democratic. I was sure I had all the answers and they added up to one thing: Keep out of war.
Yet the impact of events and persuasions following Wilson's re-election in 1916 so reconditioned me that within a few months I felt America should be in that war against Germany. When war was declared I was filled with a sense of exaltation.
Until I got into military service I was determined to do all I could to help America win the war. It turned out I could do quite a lot, for I was a reporter on the Cleveland Plain Dealer covering the activities of the F.B.I. Thanks in part to what I wrote, the jails of Cleveland soon were filled and overflowing with