Sometimes he addressed more than ten audiences a day, a crushing schedule. But the real value of that time for him was not in what he said but what he heard. He questioned the workers who questioned him. What did they think of the state of the republic, of its leaders, of its direction and ways? What did they want the future to hold for themselves, their families, and the country they loved? As much as the rigorous study of economics, history, and philosophy that we now know he was putting himself through, listening to those workers informed all he later did. Like Walt Whitman, he heard America singing. Do we?
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