The untold history of the United States: When the US really had a reason to say, we represent the democratic people of this world: The speech of Henry Wallace as Vice-President in 1942: He said, that the USA and the British has as well as the Nazis have no right, to dominate the world! The task is not to create a American Century, but a century of the common man. This political stream in US is one important one for our global future!

Century of the Common Man


Vice President Henry Wallace gave this speech in 1942, a time when Americans were debating wartime strategy and America’s role in the post-World War II order.  Wallace’s speech, also known as “The Price of Free World Victory,” reiterated support for Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” and criticized Henry Luce’s concept of the “American Century.”  Wallace declared that the United States had an obligation to contribute to the war and to the post-war settlement.  He described a liberal world system in which freedom, fairness, and opportunity would promote global peace. – M.B. Masur, St. Anselm College,CommonMan.pdf

Century of the Common Man
Edited on Mon Mar-20-06 09:18 PM by pstans
Henry Wallace was perhaps one of the greatest Iowans to ever live. He developed the hybrid seed and founded Pioneer, which began the Green Revolution. He was the Sec. of Agriculture for 8 years under FDR and many of Wallace’s policies helped lead the nation out of the Great Depression. Then FDR named Wallace Vice President in 1940. In 1944, through some political manuevering at the Democratic Convention Harry Truman was put on the ticket as FDR’s VP. Months after the election FDR died, making Truman the President.Henry Wallace gave perhaps his most famous speech, “The Century of the Common Man,” in 1943, as WWII raged in Europe. 

When the freedom-loving people march; when the farmers have an opportunity to buy land at reasonable prices and to sell the produce of their land through their own organizations, when workers have the opportunity to form unions and bargain through them collectively, and when the children of all the people have an opportunity to attend schools which teach them truths of the real world in which they live — when these opportunities are open to everyone, then the world moves straight ahead.

Wallace believed that if we fought WWII and didn’t solve the injustices in our nation by doing so, the high cost of war would not be worth it. So not only did he work to defeat Fascism abroad, he worked to benefit the common man all around the world.

We failed in our job after World War Number One. We did not know how to go about it to build an enduring world-wide peace. We did not have the nerve to follow through and prevent Germany from rearming. We did not insist that she “learn war no more.” We did not build a peace treaty on the fundamental doctrine of the people’s revolution. We did not strive whole-heartedly to create a world where there could be freedom from want for all peoples. But by our very errors we learned much, and after this war we shall be in position to utilize our knowledge in building a world which is economically, politically and, I hope, spiritually sound.

Wallace never became President. If he had the world would surely be a different place today. That doesn’t mean his message should be forgotten. We have started a new Century, so lets call for the 21st Century to be the Century of the Common Man. In a time when our nations priorities are backwards, we need a Century of the Common Man. There is no better place to start the call than in the state where Henry Wallace was born, Iowa.

Yes, and when the time of peace comes, The citizen will again have a duty, The supreme duty of sacrificing the lesser interest for the greater interest of the general welfare. Those who write the peace must think of the whole world. There can be no privileged peoples. We ourselves in the United States are no more a master race than the Nazis. And we can not perpetuate economic warfare without planting the seeds of military warfare. We must use our power at the peace table to build an economic peace that is just, charitable and enduring.

Link to Wallace’s speech:

Henry A. Wallace

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This article is about the vice president of the United States. For other people of the same name, seeHenry Wallace (disambiguation).
Head and shoulders of man about fifty with upswept hair, wearing a gray suit and dark tie
In office
January 20, 1941 – January 20, 1945
PRESIDENT Franklin D. Roosevelt
PRECEDED BY John N. Garner
SUCCEEDED BY Harry S. Truman
In office
March 4, 1933 – September 4, 1940
PRESIDENT Franklin D. Roosevelt
PRECEDED BY Arthur M. Hyde
SUCCEEDED BY Claude R. Wickard
In office
March 2, 1945 – September 20, 1946
PRESIDENT Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
PRECEDED BY Jesse Holman Jones
SUCCEEDED BY W. Averell Harriman
BORN Henry Agard Wallace
October 7, 1888
Orient, Iowa
DIED November 18, 1965 (aged 77)
Danbury, Connecticut
POLITICAL PARTY Democratic (1933-1946)
Progressive (1946-1948)
SPOUSE(S) Ilo Browne
CHILDREN Henry Browne Wallace
(1915-2005), Jean Wallace
(1920-2011), Robert Browne Wallace (1918-2002)
ALMA MATER Iowa State University
RELIGION Episcopalian
SIGNATURE Cursive signature in ink

Henry Agard Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) was the 33rd Vice President of the United States(1941–1945), the Secretary of Agriculture (1933–1940), and the Secretary of Commerce (1945–1946). In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace was the nominee of theProgressive Party.

Early life[edit]

The Wallace family was of Scottish Irish Presbyterian stock, and had originally emigrated from UlsterIreland to Pennsylvania. Henry Agard Wallace’s grandfather, Henry Wallace or “Uncle Henry”, was a former Presbyterian minister who preached the “social gospel“. As a large landowner in Iowa “Uncle Henry” was an advocate of “scientific farming” and helped organize The Farmers’ Protective Association, Agricultural Editors Association, and the Iowa Improved Stock Association, becoming the editor of the Iowa Homestead, the state’s largest and most important farm publication. He viewed it as his life mission to serve God by helping his fellow farmers.[1]

Henry Wallace’s son, and Henry Agard Wallace’s father, was Henry Cantwell Wallace, a farmer, newspaper editor, university professor and author, who would serve as the Secretary of Agriculture in the Republican administrations ofWarren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Henry Agard was born on October 7, 1888, at a farm near the village of Orient, Iowa, in Adair County,[2] but the family later moved to Des Moines. Wallace’s mother, née May Brodhead, was deeply religious. She had been to college and was trained in music and art.[3] May Wallace shared her love of plants with her son while he was still a boy, teaching him to cross-breed pansies.[4] When the African-American “plant doctor” and future agronomist George Washington Carver became a student and later an instructor at Iowa State University, the Wallaces took him into their home, as racial prejudice prevented Carver from living in the dorm. As a boy, Wallace accompanied Carver on nature walks, identifying the botanical structures of wild flowers and prairie grasses. Carver left for Tuskegee when Wallace was eight, but his influence on Wallace was deep and lasting. By the age of ten, Wallace was experimenting with plant breeding in his own plot. He also developed a keen interest in math and statistics. At fifteen, he conducted experiments to demonstrate that the then-conventional method of judging the quality of corn strains solely by such aesthetic qualities as the beauty and symmetry of the ears was deeply flawed, failing to take into account the vigor and productivity of the whole plant as measured quantitatively.[5] Wallace’s experiments proved that there was no relationship between yield and appearance. Where plant hybridity had traditionally been viewed negatively as “mongrelization” signaling decline, Wallace’s work introduced the concept of hybrid vigor.

Wallace attended Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa, graduating in 1910 with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. He worked on the editorial staff of the family-owned paper Wallaces’ Farmer in Des Moines from 1910 to 1924, and took the role of Chief Editor from 1924 to 1929. Wallace experimented with breeding high-yielding hybrid corn, and wrote a good number of publications on agriculture. In 1915, he devised the first corn-hog ratio charts indicating the probable course of markets. Wallace was also a practicing statistician,[6] co-authoring an influential article with pioneering statistician George W. Snedecor of Iowa State University on computational methods for correlations and regressions[7] and publishing sophisticated statistical studies in the pages of Wallaces’ Farmer. Snedecor invited Wallace to teach a graduate course on least squares.[8] It was Wallace, more than any other individual, who introduced econometrics (a form of statistical analysis used by economists) to the field of agriculture.[9]

In 1914, Wallace married Ilo Browne, and in 1926, with the help of a small inheritance that had been left to her, he founded the highly successful Hi-Bred Corn Company, which made him a wealthy man. The company later became Pioneer Hi-Bred, a major agriculture corporation. It was acquired in 1999 by theDupont Corporation for approximately $10 billion.

Religious explorations[edit]

Wallace was raised as a Presbyterian and remained a devout Christian all his life. In college, however, he became increasingly dissatisfied with organized religion after reading William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902). Around 1919 he stopped attending the Presbyterian church[10] and spent the next ten years exploring other religious faiths and traditions, including spiritualism and esoteric religion. He later said, “I know I am often called a mystic, and in the years following my leaving the United Presbyterian Church I was probably a practical mystic … I’d say I was a mystic in the sense that George Washington Carver was – who believed God was in everything and therefore, if you went to God, you could find the answers.”[11] Wallace was not a Theosophist, but like many “advanced” people in his era, was influenced by theosophical ideas. In 1925 he helped organize a Des Moines parish of the Liberal Catholic Church, an inclusive Christian denomination with ties to theosophy. In 1939, however, he formally joined the Episcopal Church.

One of the people with whom Wallace corresponded was the Irish poet, artist, and Theosophist George William Russell, also known as Æ, who was editor of the Irish Homestead, the weekly publication of the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society (IAOS). Russell, like Wallace fervently dedicated to revitalizing rural life, had pioneered the rural cooperative Credit Union movement in Ireland.

During the 1930s Wallace also engaged in an exchange of jocular notes with Russian émigré, artist, and peace activist Nicholas Roerich, his wife Helena, and Frances Grant, Secretary of the Roerich Museum in New York. In 1933 the Roosevelt Administration, which had just formally recognized the Soviet Union, sent Roerich on an expedition to Central Asia on behalf of the Department of Agriculture. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who was hostile to Wallace, writes that “Wallace did Roerich a number of favors, including sending him on an expedition to Central Asia presumably to collect drought-resistant grasses. In due course, H.A. [Wallace] became disillusioned with Roerich and turned almost viciously against him.”[12] Wallace’s biographers John C. Culver and John Hyde, however, write that it is unclear with whom the idea for the Roerich expedition originated, since in cabinet meetings Wallace had opposed Roosevelt’s granting of recognition to the Soviet government because of its hostility to organized religion and his fear it would dump grain on the United States.[13]

Roerich had gained international celebrity through his lobbying for the preservation of the world’s cultural and artistic monuments, a cause Wallace enthusiastically adopted. Roerich and especially his wifeHelena Ivanova had developed their own brand of Theosophy that they called Living Ethics or Agni Yoga, which emphasized the common thread that runs through all religions. He had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and invited to Herbert Hoover‘s White House. Wallace had met him in 1929 and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were also acquainted with him.[13] Roosevelt, who perhaps came by an interest in Asian religions through his mother Sara, had also exchanged letters with Helena Roerich. Roosevelt had also introduced Wallace to The Glory Road a political allegory about the Great Depression written by popular Broadway playwright Arthur Hopkins. On the dust jacket, The Glory Road is said to describe, “the experience of the human race as it has tried to follow the road of truth while at the same time building up for itself a structure of civilization that will yield material wealth”.[14] Culver and Hyde identify this best–selling book the source of the pen-names Wallace later adopted in some of his correspondence – perhaps including the so-called “guru letters” he exchanged with Roerich and his circle. For example. in a letter to FDR Wallace says, “You can be ‘the flaming one”. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. describes Wallace’s references to figures in The Glory Road (such as “the feverent one” and so on), as “rash” and “cabalistic”, bespeaking what Schlesinger calls “moods of rapture.”[15] However, Wallace’s use of the term in addressing Roosevelt is likely an in-joke, since in The Glory Road, there is no “flaming one”, but rather a “flameless one’, “elected as his people’s executive”, supported by bankers and corrupt leaders, who urges the electorate to “buy, buy, buy” as a way out of economic collapse.[16]

Henry Wallace was also a Freemason and attained the 32nd Degree in the Scottish Rite.

Political career[edit]

Secretary of Agriculture[edit]

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Wallace United States Secretary of Agriculture in hisCabinet, a post Wallace’s father, Henry Cantwell Wallace, had occupied from 1921 to 1924. Henry A. Wallace was a registered Republican and would remain so until 1936[17] but had been a progressive and had campaigned for Democratic candidate Al Smith. He was one of the three Republicans that Roosevelt appointed to his cabinet (the others were Harold Ickes, (Secretary of the Interior), and William H. Woodin(Secretary of the Treasury)). As Agriculture Secretary, Wallace’s policies were controversial: to raise prices of agricultural commodities he instituted the slaughtering of hogs, plowing up cotton fields, and paying farmers to leave some lands fallow. He also advocated the ever-normal granary concept. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr, critical of Wallace in many respects, pronounced Wallace “the best secretary of agriculture the country has ever had.” “Wallace was a great secretary of agriculture”, Schlesinger wrote:

In 1933, a quarter of the American people still lived on farms, and agricultural policy was a matter of high political and economic significance. Farmers had been devastated by depression. H.A.’s ambition was to restore the farmers’ position in the national economy. He sought to give them the same opportunity to improve income by controlling output that business corporations already possessed. In time he widened his concern beyond commercial farming to subsistence farming and rural poverty. For the urban poor, he provided food stamps and school lunches. He instituted programs for land-use planning, soil conservation, and erosion control. And always he promoted research to combat plant and animal diseases, to locate drought-resistant crops and to develop hybrid seeds in order to increase productivity.[18]

Roerich controversy[edit]

Wallace had exchanged letters with Nicholas Roerich, a Russian émigré and artist of international renown who was also a visionary peace activist interested in Tibetan Buddhism.[19] Wallace and Roosevelt successfully lobbied Congress to support Roerich’s Banner and Pact of Peace, dedicated to protection of the artistic and scientific institutions of the world from the ravages of war; and, in 1935, delegates from 22 Latin American countries met in Washington, D.C., to sign the pact. In 1934, Roosevelt and the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent Roerich and his Harvard-educated son George, who had studied Asian languages, on an expedition to Central Asia to search for drought-resistant grasses to prevent another Dust Bowl. However, once there, Roerich upset the diplomatic world and the US agricultural experts who accompanied him by searching for and possibly trying to bring about a revival of the legendary Buddhist kingdom of Shambhalla, variously located in TibetBhutanNepal, orManchuria.[20] These areas were under the jurisdiction of the British and Japanese empires, which did not look kindly on movements for national self-determination. After Wallace recalled him, the U.S. government aggressively pursued Roerich for tax evasion, and the artist (the holder of a French passport) took up residence in India, where gurus were not considered so unusual.

During the 1940 presidential election, the Republicans gained possession of a series of letters that Wallace had written to Roerich in the 1930s. In them, Wallace had addressed Roerich as “Dear Guru“, signing himself as “G” – for Galahad, the name Roerich had bestowed on him.[21] Wallace assured Roerich that he awaited “the breaking of the New Day” when the people of “Northern Shambhalla“, a Buddhist term for the “land of pure enlightenment”, would create an era of peace and plenty.[citation needed]

The Republicans had threatened to reveal to the public what they characterized as Wallace’s eccentric religious beliefs prior to the November 1940 elections, but they had been deterred when the Democrats countered by threatening to release information about Republican candidate Wendell Willkie‘s rumoredextramarital affair with the writer Irita Van Doren.[12][22] The contents of the letters did become public seven years later, in the winter of 1947, when right-wing columnist Westbrook Pegler published what purported to be extracts from them, characterizing Wallace as a “messianic fumbler,” and “off-center mentally”. During the 1948 campaign, Pegler and other hostile reporters, including H.L. Mencken, aggressively confronted Wallace on the subject at a public meeting in Philadelphia in July 1948. Wallace declined to comment, accusing the reporters of being Pegler’s stooges.[23]

Vice President[edit]

Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture until September 1940, when Roosevelt selected him as his running mate in the Vice Presidential slot on the 1940 presidential ticket. However, the conservative wing of the Democratic Party, many of them Southerners, distrusted Wallace:

Wallace was an unreconstructed liberal reformer and New Dealer, qualities that recommended him to Roosevelt. But the old guard Democratic Party deeply distrusted Wallace as an apostate Republican and as a doe-eyed mystic who symbolized all that they found objectionable about [what they saw as] the hopelessly utopian, market-manipulating, bureaucracy-breeding New Deal.[24]

Boos echoed through the hall when Roosevelt’s choice of Wallace was announced and the delegates seemed on the verge of rebellion. It was only after Roosevelt threatened to decline the nomination and that Eleanor Roosevelt delivered a conciliatory speech that they grudgingly yielded.[25] Wallace received the support of 626.3 votes (around 59% of the 1100 delegates) when nominated at the convention compared to 329.6 votes for Speaker of the House William B. Bankhead of Alabama.

Wallace was elected in November 1940 as Vice President on the Democratic Party ticket with PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt.  The Electoral College Vote was 449 – 82.  The inauguration took place on January 20, 1941, for the term ending January 20, 1945.

Roosevelt named Wallace chairman of the Board of Economic Warfare (BEW) and of the Supply Priorities and Allocations Board (SPAB) in 1941. Both positions became important with the U.S. entry into World War II. As he began to flex his newfound political muscle in his position with SPAB, Wallace came up against the conservative wing of the Democratic party in the form of Jesse H. JonesSecretary of Commerce, as the two differed on how to handle wartime supplies.

On May 8, 1942, Wallace delivered his most famous speech, which became known by the phrase “Century of the Common Man”, to the Free World Association in New York City. This speech, grounded in Christian references, laid out a positive vision for the aftermath of the Second World War, beyond the defeat of the Nazis. He laid out a blueprint for a world of shared prosperity and in which colonialism and economic exploitation would be banned. The speech, and the book of the same name which appeared the following year, proved quite popular, but earned Wallace enemies among the Democratic leadership, business leaders, conservatives and allied leaders like Winston Churchill.

Wallace also famously spoke out during race riots in Detroit in 1943, declaring that the nation could not “fight to crush Nazi brutality abroad and condone race riots at home.”


Vice President Henry Wallace

In 1943, Wallace made a goodwill tour of Latin America, shoring up support among important allies. His trip proved a success, and helped persuade twelve countries to declare war on Germany. Regarding trade relationships with Latin America, he convinced the BEW to add “labor clauses” to contracts with Latin American producers. These clauses required producers to pay fair wages and provide safe working conditions for their employees and committed the United States to paying for up to half of the required improvements. This met opposition from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

After meeting Vyacheslav Molotov, Wallace arranged a trip to the “Wild East” of Russia. On May 23, 1944, he started a 25-day journey accompanied by Owen Lattimore. Coming from Alaska, they landed at Magadan where they were received by Sergei Goglidze and Dalstroi director Ivan Nikishov, both NKVD generals. The NKVD presented a fully sanitized version of the slave laborcamps in Magadan and Kolyma to their American guests, claiming that all the work was done by volunteers. The delegation was provided with entertainment, and by some accounts left impressed with the “development” of Siberia and the spirit of the “volunteers”. Lattimore’s film of the visit tells that “a village… in Siberia is a forum for open discussion like a town meeting in New England.”[26] This visit took place while the U.S. and the Soviet Union were allies; American propaganda regularly portrayed the Soviet Union in a positive light. The trip continued through Mongolia and then to China.

After Wallace feuded publicly with Jesse H. Jones and other high officials, Roosevelt stripped him of his war agency responsibilities and began to entertain the idea of replacing him on the presidential ticket. Although a Gallup poll taken just before the Democratic Party’s 1944 vice presidential nomination found 65% of those surveyed in favour of a renewed Vice Presidency for Wallace and only 2% favouring his eventual opponent, Harry S. Truman, it was Truman who went on to win the nomination.[27] Wallace was succeeded as Vice President on January 20, 1945, and on April 12, Vice President Truman succeeded to the Presidency when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Henry A. Wallace had missed being the 33rd President of the United States by just 82 days.

Secretary of Commerce[edit]


Portrait of Henry Wallace

Roosevelt placated Wallace by appointing him Secretary of Commerce in March 1945. In a speech on April 12th 1946, Henry Wallace said ‘aside from our common language and common literary tradition, we have no more in common with Imperialistic England than with Communist Russia’. He was notoriously ‘soft’ on Communism, but his distaste for American involvement with Britain and Europe was widely shared across the political spectrum.[28] In September 1946, he was fired by President Harry S. Truman because of disagreements about the policy towards the Soviet Union. He is the last former Vice President to serve in the President’s cabinet.

The New Republic[edit]

Following his term as Secretary of Commerce, Wallace became the editor of The New Republic magazine, using his position to criticize vociferously Truman’s foreign policy. On the declaration of the Truman Doctrine in 1947, he predicted it would mark the beginning of “a century of fear”.

The 1948 Presidential election[edit]

Wallace left his editorship position in 1948 to make an unsuccessful run as a Progressive Partycandidate in the 1948 U.S. presidential election. With Idaho Democratic U.S. Senator Glen H. Taylor as his running mate, his platform advocated friendly relations with the Soviet Union, an end to the nascentCold War, an end to segregation, full voting rights for blacks, and universal government health insurance. His campaign was unusual for his time in that it included African American candidates campaigning alongside white candidates in the American South, and that during the campaign he refused to appear before segregated audiences or eat or stay in segregated establishments.

As a further sign of the times, he was noted by Time as ostentatiously riding through various cities and towns in the South “with his Negro secretary beside him”.[29] A barrage of eggs and tomatoes were hurled at Wallace and struck him and his campaign members during the tour, while at the same time President Truman referred to such behavior towards Wallace as “highly un-American business which violated the American concept of fair play.” Wallace commented that “there is a long chain that links unknown young hoodlums in North Carolina or Alabama with men in finely tailored business suits in the great financial centers of New York or Boston, men who make a dollars-&-cents profit by setting race against race in the far away South.”[29] State authorities in Virginia sidestepped enforcing its own segregation laws by declaring Wallace’s campaign gatherings as private parties.[30]

The “guru letters” reappeared now and were published, seriously hampering his campaign.[12] More damage was done to Wallace’s campaign when journalists H.L. Mencken and Dorothy Thompson, both longtime and vocal New Deal opponents,[31] charged that Wallace and the Progressives were under the covert control of Communists.

Wallace’s refusal to publicly disavow the endorsement of his candidacy by the Communist Party (USA)cost him the backing of many anti-Communist liberals and of independent socialist Norman Thomas. In 1999, University of Cambridge historian Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm, who worked with evidence in the Mitrokhin Archive and wrote the authorized history of the British Secret Service MI5, has stated publicly[32] that he believed Wallace was a KGB agent, though he provided no evidence for this assertion.

Wallace suffered a decisive defeat in the election to the Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman. He finished in fourth place with 2.4% of the popular vote; some historians now believe his candidacy was a blessing in disguise for the President, as Wallace’s frequent criticisms of Truman’s foreign policy, combined with his avowed acceptance of Communist support, served as a refutation of the Republicans’ claim that Truman was “soft on communism”. Dixiecrat presidential candidate Strom Thurmondoutstripped Wallace in the popular vote. Thurmond managed to carry several states in the Deep South, gaining 39 electoral votes to Wallace’s electoral total of zero.

Later career and death[edit]

Wallace resumed his farming interests, and resided in South Salem, New York. During his later years, he made a number of advances in the field of agricultural science. His many accomplishments included a breed of chicken that at one point accounted for the overwhelming majority of all egg-laying chickens sold across the globe. The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the largest agricultural research complex in the world, is named for him.

In 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea, Wallace broke with the Progressives and backed the U.S.-led effort in the Korean War.[12] Despite this, according to Wallace’s diary, after his 1951 Senate Internal Security Subcommittee testimony, opinion polls showed that he was only beaten by gangsterLucky Luciano as the ‘least approved man in America’. Previously, after hearing from Gulag survivor and friend Vladimir Petrov about the true nature of the 1944 Vice Presidential visit to Magadan, Wallace had publicly apologized for having allowed himself to be fooled by the Soviets.[33] In 1952, Wallace publishedWhere I Was Wrong, in which he explained that his seemingly-trusting stance toward the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin stemmed from inadequate information about Stalin’s crimes and that he now considered himself an anti-Communist.

He wrote various letters to “people who he thought had traduced (maligned) him” and advocated the re-election of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.[12] In 1961, President-elect John F. Kennedy invited Wallace to his inauguration ceremony, even though he had supported Kennedy’s opponent Richard Nixon. A touched Wallace wrote to Kennedy: “At no time in our history have so many tens of millions of people been so completely enthusiastic about an Inaugural Address as about yours.”[12]

Wallace first experienced the onsets of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1964.[34] He died in Danbury, Connecticut, on November 18, 1965.[12][35] His remains were cremated at Grace Cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the ashes interred in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

In popular culture[edit]

Director Oliver Stone focused on Wallace’s career in the second episode, entitled “Roosevelt, Truman, and Wallace”, of his 2012 documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States.

See also[edit]

  • Honeydew (melon), apparently first introduced to China by H.A. Wallace and still locally known there as the “Wallace melon”[36]
  • Bailan melon, one of the most famous Chinese melon cultivars, bred from the “Wallace melon”


  1. Jump up^ John C. Culver and John Hyde, American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace (W.W. Norton, 2001), p. 8.
  2. Jump up^ “Papers of Henry A. Wallace”. University of Iowa. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  3. Jump up^ Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 9.
  4. Jump up^ Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 2.
  5. Jump up^ Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 27–28.
  6. Jump up^ Farebrother, Richard William (2008). “Henry Agard Wallace and Machine Calculation”The Bulletin of the International Linear Algebra Society (40): 1–24
  7. Jump up^ Wallace, Henry Agard; Snedecor, George Waddel (1925). “Correlation and Machine Calculation”. Iowa State College Bulletin 35
  8. Jump up^ Grier, David Alan. “The Origins of Statistical Computing”Statisticians in HistoryAmerican Statistical Association. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  9. Jump up^ See “The Life of Henry A. Wallace, 1888-1965″, on website of The Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy of Winrock International.
  10. Jump up^ Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 77.
  11. Jump up^ The Reminiscences of Henry Agard Wallace, Oral history at Columbia University (1951), quoted in Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 78
  12. Jump up to:a b c d e f g Arthur Schlesinger Jr. / Who Was Henry A. Wallace?
  13. Jump up to:a b Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 136.
  14. Jump up^ Kirkus Review Summary of The Glory Road.
  15. Jump up^ Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.The Coming of the New Deal, 1933-1935: The Age of Roosevelt, Vol. 2 (New York: Mariner Books [1958, 1986], 2003) pp. 32–33.
  16. Jump up^ Arthur Hopkins, The Glory Road [New York: Dutton, 1935), p. 141.
  17. Jump up^ David M. Kennedy, Freedom from Fear: the American People in Depression and War 1929–1945(Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 457.
  18. Jump up^ Arthur Schlesinger Jr., „Who Was Henry A. Wallace?“, Los Angeles Times (March 20, 2000)Eric Rauchway, on the other hand, argues that the farm states then and now had and have too much influence relative to their small population to the detriment of urban areas. He calls Wallace’s policies misguided because the family farm with single-family dwelling was a nineteenth-century dream unsuited to modern needs. The future of agriculture, in his view, lay in industrial farming. Further, Rauchwaycharacterizes as heartless such New Deal price-support measures as plowing up excess cotton and destroying excess baby pigs. Rauchway does admit, however, that 90% of farmers during the New Deal era supported Roosevelt’s policies. See Eric Rauchway, The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008), Chapter 5, „Managing Farm and Factory“, pp. 72–86.
  19. Jump up^ Drayer, Ruth Abrams, Nicholas & Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and PeacemakersQuest Books (Theosophical Publishing House), 2005, xxiv + 357 pp. ISBN 0-8356-0843-5
  20. Jump up^ The legend of the enlightened land of Shambhala, that had solved the human problems of greed and violence, was the inspiration of „Shangri-la“ in James Hilton’s 1933 best-seller, Lost Horizon. The novel was a favorite of Roosevelt’s, who named his presidential retreat after it. Under the Republican PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower, the retreat was rechristened Camp David.
  21. Jump up^ According to Wallace’s biographers, exactly what happened during the so-called Roerich affair, „proved difficult to untangle. . . . Many of the documents involving the Roerich case were privately written and held during Wallace’s lifetime. Some of them were forgeries written specifically to damage him. Others were genuine but no less baffling“. See Culver and Hyde, American Dreamer, p. 119.
  22. Jump up^ The religion of Henry A. Wallace, U.S. Vice-President
  23. Jump up^ Pegler’s column for July 27, 1948, „In Which Our Hero Beards ‚Guru‘ Wallace In His Own Den.“
  24. Jump up^ Kennedy, Freedom from Fear, p. 457.
  25. Jump up^ David M. Kennedy believes that in nominating Wallace, Roosevelt was „throwing a bouquet“ to „old progressive wing of the Republican Party, represented by George W. NorrisHiram Johnson, and Robert La Follette Jr., in hopes that they would join the New Deal Coalition (see Kennedy, Freedom from Fear, p. 457).
  26. Jump up^ Tim Tzouliadis. The Forsaken. The Penguin Press (2008). pp. 217–226. ISBN 978-1-59420-168-4.
  27. Jump up^ Editorial. „Yesterday’s Defeat, Tomorrow’s Hope“ St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL., 22 July 1944, p1
  28. Jump up^ Tony Judt (2005). Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. The Penguin Press. p. 110.
  29. Jump up to:a b „National Affairs – Eggs in the Dust“Time. September 13, 1948. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  30. Jump up^ „Am I in America?“Time. September 6, 1948. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  31. Jump up^ Mencken, an opponent of democracy, had called the New Deal „a complete repudiation of the American moral system“. See Vincent Fitzpatrick, H. L. Mencken (Mercer University Press, 1989) p. 110; for Dorothy Thompson, see Carl Rollyson, „Cherchez La Femme „, The New Criterion (February 2012).
  32. Jump up^ The Mitrokhin Archive. Vol. I: The KGB in Europe and the West (1999) (with Vasili Mitrokhin).
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  35. Jump up^ „Henry A. Wallace“. The New York Times. November 19, 1965. „Although his career was marred by one major failure of judgment, Henry A. Wallace contributed significantly to the progress and prosperity of his country.“ |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  36. Jump up^ Dirlik, Arif; Wilson, Rob (1995). Asia/Pacific as space of cultural production. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-1643-9.


  • Conant, JennetThe Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008. British Intelligence surveillance of Vice President Henry A. Wallace and other Washington figures during and immediately after World War II.
  • Culver, John C. and John Hyde. American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.
  • Macdonald, DwightHenry Wallace: the Man and the Myth. Vanguard Press, 1948.
  • Markowitz, Norman D. The Rise and Fall of the People’s Century: Henry A. Wallace and American Liberalism, 1941-1948. New York: The Free Press, 1973.
  • Maze, John and Graham White, Henry A. Wallace: His Search for a New World Order. University of North Carolina Press. 1995
  • Pietrusza, David 1948: Harry Truman’s Improbable Victory and the Year that Changed America. Union Square Press, 2011.
  • Schapsmeier, Edward L. and Frederick H. Schapsmeier. Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1970.
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  • Agricultural Prices (1920)
  • New Frontiers (1934)
  • America Must Choose (1934)
  • Statesmanship and Religion (1934)
  • Technology, Corporations, and the General Welfare (1937)
  • The Century of the Common Man (1943)
  • Democracy Reborn (1944)
  • Sixty Million Jobs (1945)
  • Soviet Asia Mission (1946)
  • Toward World Peace (1948)
  • The Price of Vision – The Diary of Henry A. Wallace 1942-1946 (1973), edited by John Morton Blum

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Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GENRE Television documentary
CREATED BY Oliver Stone
DIRECTED BY Oliver Stone
NARRATED BY Oliver Stone
COMPOSER(S) Craig Armstrong
  • Oliver Stone
  • Tara Tremaine
  • Rob Wilson
  • Carlos Guillermo
  • Chris Hanley
  • José Ibáñez
  • Serge Lobo
  • Fernando Sulichin
  • Michael Klaumann
  • Alex Marquez
DISTRIBUTOR FremantleMedia (non-US)
ORIGINAL RUN November 12, 2012 – present
Showtime website
Production website

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, also known as The Untold History of the United States,[1][2][3]is a 2012 documentary series directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone.[4]

Production and release[edit]

Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick, began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham co-wrote the script.[5] The documentary miniseries for Showtime had aworking title Oliver Stone’s Secret History of America. It covers “the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman‘s decision to drop theatomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America’s global role since the fall of Communism.”[6] Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes. The series is a re-examination of some of the under-reported and darkest parts of American modern history using little known documents and newly uncovered archival material. The series looks beyond official versions of events to the deeper causes and implications and explores how events from the past still have resonant themes for the present day. Stone said: “From the outset I’ve looked at this project as a legacy to my children, and a way to understand the times I’ve lived through. I hope it can contribute to a more global insight into our American history.”[7]

The first three episodes of the series premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 6, 2012, which Indiewire described as “extremely compelling” and “daring”.[8] The series was personally presented by Stone at the Subversive Festival on May 4, 2013 in ZagrebCroatia, which next to film screenings also included debates and public lectures by prominent intellectuals such as Slavoj Žižek and Tariq Ali.[9]

Stone described the project as “the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done. Certainly in documentary form, and perhaps in fiction, feature form.”[10] Production took four years to complete. Stone confessed “It was supposed to take two years but it’s way over schedule”,[11] The premiere was finally set for November 12, 2012.[12] Stone spent $1 million of his own money on the budget, which had inflated from $3 million to $5 million.[13]

The series premiered on Showtime in November 2012. Executive producers are Tara Tremaine and Rob Wilson. A book by the same name was also published.

Companion book[edit]

The ten-part series is supplemented by a 750-page companion book, The Untold History of the United States, also written by Stone and Kuznick, released on Oct 30, 2012 by Simon & Schuster.[14]

Kuznick objected to the working title “Secret History”, claiming that “the truth is that many of our ‘secrets’ have been hidden on the front page of the New York Times. If people think the secrets will be deep, dark conspiracies, they’ll be disappointed. We’ll be drawing on the best recent scholarship”.[15] It was subsequently retitled The Untold History of the United States.[16]

Style and format[edit]

The series has been said to be reminiscent of the famed British Thames Television series The World at War (1973–74).[17] With the exception of an on-camera introduction and conclusion by Oliver Stone, the series contains no interview subjects. Instead, each episode consists of archival material: stock film, photographs, video and audio recordings, computer generated maps and diagrams, clips from fictional movies, and Stone’s voiceover narration. Historical quotations and writings from various figures are read by actors.


In 2012, The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald highly recommended the series and book,[18]describing it as “riveting”, “provocative” and “worthwhile”.[19]

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wrote approvingly of the book:[20]

“Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick provide a critical overview of US foreign policy during the past few decades. There is much here to reflect upon. Such a perspective is indispensable at a time when decisions are being taken that will shape America’s role in the global world of the twenty-first century. At stake is whether the United States will choose to be the policeman of a “Pax Americana”, which is a recipe for disaster, or partner with other nations on the way to a safer, more just and sustainable future.”

David Wiegand wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle: “The films are at their best when they provide a panoramic view of our history in the middle part of the 20th century. Ably abetted by the superb editing work by Alex Marquez”.[21] Verne Gay for Newsday similarly praised the craft: “By far the most interesting part of “Untold” is the visual presentation. Stone has cobbled together a mother lode of chestnuts, including grainy newsreel footage and Soviet propaganda films. It’s all weirdly engrossing” but found the content less than provocative: “You keep waiting for a fresh insight, a new twist, a bizarre fact and after a while would even be profoundly grateful for some wacky Stone revisionism. It never comes. What’s “untold” here?”[22]

Stone defended the program’s accuracy to TV host Tavis Smiley[23]

This has been fact checked by corporate fact checkers, by our own fact checkers, and fact checkers [hired] by Showtime. It’s been thoroughly vetted…these are facts, our interpretation may be different than orthodox, but it definitely holds up.

In November 2012, Hudson Institute adjunct fellow historian Ronald Radosh (who was averse to the project since its announcement and encouraged a write-in campaign to cancel the series[24][25]) lambasted it as “mendacious” Cold War revisionism and “mindless recycling of Stalin‘s propaganda,”noting similarities to Communist author and NKVD agent Carl Marzani‘s Soviet-published treatise We Can Be Friends.[26] Writes Radosh:

“Over and over, Stone uses the same quotations, the same arrangements of material, and the same arguments as Marzani. This is not to accuse Stone of plagiarism, only to point out that the case he now offers as new was argued in exactly the same terms by an American Communist and Soviet agent in 1952.”

Journalist Michael C. Moynihan criticized the book for “moral equivalence between the policies of the psychotically brutal Soviet Union and the frequently flawed policy of the United States” and called the title “misleading” in that nothing within the book was “untold” previously.[27]


Season 1


  1. Jump up^ Oliver Stone’s official website: The Untold History of the United States Linked 2013-07-01
  2. Jump up^ IMDb: The Untold History of the United States Linked 2013-07-01
  3. Jump up^ Amazon UK: The Untold History of the United States Linked 2013-07-01
  4. Jump up^ Mitchell, Andrea (December 12, 2012).Revisiting interpretations of US history.MSNBC
  5. Jump up^ Lowry, Brian (2012-11-11). “Variety Reviews – Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States – TV Reviews – – Review by Brian Lowry”. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  6. Jump up^ “Oliver Stone to show “Secret History of America”, ”Reuters”, August 18.2009
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  8. Jump up^ “Oliver Stone Premieres His Daring New Showtime Series ‘Untold History of the United States’ in New York.”, Indiewire, Oct 8, 2012
  9. Jump up^ “Oliver Stone, Alexis Tsipras Join Croatia ‘Subversives’”. Balkan Insights. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  10. Jump up^ Ed Rampell “Q&A: Oliver Stone on Israel, Palestine and Newt Gingrich”, ”The Jewish Daily Forward”, January 15, 2012
  11. Jump up^ “Director Oliver Stone embraces new film ‘Savages’”, ”Press Telegram”, July 12, 2012
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  13. Jump up^ Stephen Galloway “The Untold History of the United States”, ”The Hollywood Reporter”
  14. Jump up^ “Digital Catalog – The Untold History of the United States”. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  15. Jump up^ “Oliver Stone’s Secret History: An Interview with Peter Kuznick”, ”History News Network”, March 10, 2010
  16. Jump up^ “The Untold History of the United States”,“The Oliver Stone Experience”
  17. Jump up^ Goldman, Andrew (22 November 2012).“Oliver Stone Rewrites History — Again”The New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  18. Jump up^ Glenn Greenwald “Various Items: Oliver Stone is releasing a new book” The Guardian. Oct 30, 2012
  19. Jump up^ Glenn Greenwald “Glenn Greenwald tweet on Untold History” Twitter. Oct 26, 2012
  20. Jump up^ Gorbachev on Untold History, October 2012
  21. Jump up^ David Wiegand (2012-11-08). “‘The Untold History’ review: Oliver Stone”. SFGate. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  22. Jump up^ “‘Oliver Stone’s Untold History’ review”. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  23. Jump up^ “Video: Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick, Part 1 | Watch Tavis Smiley Online | PBS Video”. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  24. Jump up^ Radosh, Ron (2010-01-12). “Ron Radosh » I Thought Howard Zinn was Bad Enough. Now We Have to Learn Our History from Oliver Stone”. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
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  26. Jump up^ Ronald Radosh (November 12, 2012). “A Story Told Before: Oliver Stone’s recycled leftist history of the United States”. The Weekly Standard. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  27. Jump up^ Michael C. Moynihan (November 19, 2012).“Oliver Stone’s Junk History of the United States Debunked”. The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 4, 2012.

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