Footnote: Personal Perspective On History, 4

Initial applause

must sometimes defer to a

second thought:  they praised

Mussolini for trains' prompt

arrival---but . . . in a while . . .



Author's Notes/Comments: 

When a freshman history major, I was often appalled to read, in our library's copies of news magazines from the twenties and early thirties, actual praises of Lenin, Mussolini, and even . . . yes, it boggles the mind . . . Adolf Hitler.  The news of their atrocities was slower, more horrible, than train schedules, industrial expansion, and land redistribution.

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