Those who want to experiment without possessing some knowledge are like navigators who set sail without a rudder or a compass and who are never sure where they are going.
—Leonardo da Vinci
It was 1945, World War II was over, and the United States was adjusting to the end of rationing. Beef and butter could again be purchased in any quantities. The wartime rules allowing the manufacture of only black, white, and brown clothing were lifted, and clothes could now be purchased in many colors.
On Front Street, in the heart of the cotton town Newport, Arkansas, John Dunham owned a store with annual sales of $150,000. ...