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And he didn't give a damn, apparently. I just wish that
Truman had not given the order for the atomic bomb. I wonder if
Roosevelt would have given that order? That's speculation.
Well, of course, he had instituted the developmental program, the
On the Einstein letter.
To come back to the march threat in the early 1940's, was it your
understanding that Eleanor Roosevelt, even though she was friendly
with A. Philip Randolph and Mary McLeod Bethune, at first did not
encourage the march? In fact that the President himself asked her to
go to talk to A. Philip Randolph to try to discourage him from going
through with this threat?
I've heard that. I don't know whether I heard that from Phil
Randolph himself. But even if that were true, she didn't succeed.
Did you ever hear that he also asked La Guardia to intervene to
discourage A. Philip Randolph from the march?
Vaguely. There's no question that Roosevelt was doing
everything he possibly could to get Randolph to behave. There's also
no question that Randolph wouldn't behave.
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