JOE MUST GO by Leroy Gore


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Gore became a national figure when he started the McCarthy recall campaign last Spring that failed by just a few thousand signatures- and this is his highly personal record of the efforts and events that influenced his project. Though Mr. Gore is perhaps more emotinally than logically aware of his role as a small town weekly editor (his paper is the Sauk Prairie Star) and hence part of the ""conscience of America"", he comes down to the brass tacks of recall in chapter one- stating its necessity and constitutionality and predicting sure success when the next trial is made after the November elections. His depiction of his own convictions show something of the zeal of a convert. Convinced at first that McCarthy was making an honest effort, Gore soon saw his own and McCarthy's error and points for proof, among other things, to the fact that McCarthy never seemed to catch any of the ""communists"" he accused. Gradually, anti-McCarthyism grew elsewhere in Wisconsin. Its increase among different social groups is analyzed as it built to the crescendo of the recall movement and Gore's trips to Washington and New York for recognition. Disappointing as the aftermath was when victory has been so near, it nevertheless left Gore with the good aftereffects of national acclaim, and wide support. Definitely newsworthy.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Messner