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FACING THE POST-WAR WORLD: EVERETT M. DIRKSEN ABROAD, 1945


“Dirksen Reports on his World Tour,” July 27, 1945
[Everett M. Dirksen Papers, Scrapbooks, v. 6, 11]

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Before Everett Dirksen left on his trip, he promised his sponsors—people in his hometown and the 16th congressional district of Illinois—to provide a full report upon his return.  For example, on Friday, June 8, Dirksen returned to his hometown to meet with an audience eager to hear first-hand about their congressman’s adventure.  The press estimated that 3,500 residents packed the Pekin High School auditorium.  He made at least five such speeches within two weeks before continuing his speaking tour outside the district.  The congressman tended to speak extemporaneously.  As a result, his files do not contain full texts of his remarks during this period, and we must rely on newspaper coverage to know what he said.



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