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Dear Mr. President : letters to the Oval Office from the files of the National Archives

Author: Dwight Young; United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2005.
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The right to be heard, even at the highest levels, is something Americans take for granted. Over the years countless people have taken pen in hand and begun a letter with the words Dear Mr. President. A mere toe dip into the National Archives' vast holdings, Dear Mr. President presents a delirious potpourri of 87 letters for perusal. The epistolary arts are every voyeur's secret pleasure, and the most public of  Read more...
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Young, Dwight.
Dear Mr. President.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2005
(OCoLC)767798030
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dwight Young; United States. National Archives and Records Administration.
ISBN: 0792241851 9780792241850
OCLC Number: 61362883
Notes: Selected letters to presidents with contextual commentary.
Description: 191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Allen Weinstein --
Introduction / Brian Williams --
First President: John Langdon to George Washington, April 6, 1789 --
King and I: King Mongkut of Siam to Abraham Lincoln, February 14, 1861 --
Equal Pay: James H. Gooding to Abraham Lincoln, September 28, 1863 --
Freedom: Annie Davis to Abraham Lincoln, August 28, 1864 --
Lincoln Assassination: Lincoln's Cabinet to Andrew Johnson, April 15, 1865 --
"Indian" Question: Wolf Chief to James Garfield, December, 1881 --
Gov. Edmund Ross and others to Grover Cleveland, August 14, 1886 --
Spanish-American War: Annie Oakley to William McKinley, April 5, 1898 --
Muckraking: Upton Sinclair to Theodore Roosevelt, March 10, 1906 --
Anti-Semitism: Charles D. Levy to Calvin Coolidge, June 24, 1924 --
Anti-Immigration: Women of the Ku Klux Klan to Calvin Coolidge, May 15, 1924 --
Prohibition: Alva P. Jones, National Cigarette Law Enforcement League, to Herbert Hoover, May 25, 1929 --
Woman's Home Missionary Society to Herbert Hoover, June 15, 1932 --
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Wilson to Herbert Hoover, June 15, 1932 --
Lindbergh Kidnapping: Citizens of South Dakota to Herbert Hoover, April 26, 1932 --
Lynching: Henry Johnson to William McKinley, June 5, 1899 --
Ara Lee Settle to Warren G. Harding, June 8, 1922 --
Horace Robinson to Herbert Hoover, November 20, 1929 --
Aviatrix: Amelia Earhart to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 10, 1936 --
Federal Arts Project: Gisella (Lacher) Loeffler to Eleanor Roosevelt, July 27, 1939 --
Social Security: Petra E. Harthun to Eleanor Roosevelt, August 7, 1941 --
Cuba: Fidel Castro to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 6, 1940 --
Separate but Equal: C. Dearman to William H. Taft, July 18, 1912 --
George A. Murray to Woodrow Wilson, February 14, 1920 --
Holocaust: Stephen S. Wise to Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 2, 1942 --
Pearl Harbor: J.B. Manual to Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 23, 1942 --
Draft, WWII: French R. Massey to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 12, 1943 --
Anna Rush to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 18, 1943 --
Carolyn Weatherhogg to Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 14, 1943 --
Friendship: Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt, May 1, 1944 --
Japanese War Atrocities, WWII: Wilma Lindsay to Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 9, 1944 --
Japanese Internment, WWII: Harold Ickes to Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 1, 1944 --
Bomb: Albert Einstein to Franklin D. Roosevelt, August 2, 1939 --
Concerned Scientists to Harry S. Truman, July 17, 1945 --
Raoul Wallenberg: Guy von Dardel to Harry S. Truman, March 27, 1947 --
Postwar Recovery: Ella Leber to Harry S. Truman, 1948 --
Presidential Pets: Phyllis Bamberger to Harry S. Truman, January 7, 1948 --
Edwin Burtis to Lyndon B. Johnson, April 30, 1964 --
John Starnes to Lyndon B. Johnson, June 20, 1966 --
John Nabors to Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 3, 1955 --
Racism: Ray Fadden to Harry S. Truman, September 3, 1951 --
Polio: Ralph Ziegler to Harry S. Truman, January 31, 1949 --
Margaret M. Powers to Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 18, 1955 --
Douw Fonda to Dwight D. Eisenhower, August 8, 1955 --
King Is Drafted: Linda Kelly, Sherry Bane, Mickie Mattson to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1958 --
Queen's Scones: Queen Elizabeth II to Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 24, 1960 --
Discrimination: Jackie Robinson to Dwight D. Eisenhower, May 13, 1958 --
Civil Rights Unrest: Woodrow W. Mann to Dwight D. Eisenhower, September 23, 1957 --
Martin Luther King, Jr. to John F. Kennedy, September 15, 1963 --
Leah Russell to Dwight D. Eisenhower, September 25, 1957 --
Civil Rights Act: Roy Wilkins to Lyndon B. Johnson, November 5, 1964 --
Vietnam Begins: Ho Chi Minh to Harry S. Truman, February 28, 1946 --
Ngo Dinh Diem to John F. Kennedy, February 23, 1963 --
Vietnam: Bobbie Lou Pendergrass to John F. Kennedy, February 18, 1963 --
John F. Kennedy to Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, March 6, 1963 --
John Steinbeck to Lyndon B. Johnson, May 28, 1966 --
Smothers Brothers to Lyndon B. Johnson, October 31, 1968 --
Lyndon B. Johnson to the Smothers Brothers, November 9, 1968 --
Physical Fitness: Gladys D. McPherson to John F. Kennedy, March 14, 1963 --
Richard Millington to John F. Kennedy, February 11, 1963 --
Presidential Signatures: Leonard Lyons to John F. Kennedy, October 2, 1961 --
John F. Kennedy to Leonard Lyons, October 11, 1961 --
Leonard Lyons to John F. Kennedy, October 16, 1961 --
Pierre Salinger to Leonard Lyons, November 15, 1961 --
Presidential Advice: Harry S. Truman to John F. Kennedy, June 28, 1962 --
Herbert Hoover to Harry S. Truman, December 19, 1962 --
Barry Goldwater to Gerald Ford, May 7, 1976 --
Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan, August 13, 1987 --
Lady Bird: Lady Bird Johnson to Lyndon B. Johnson, August, 1964 --
Undercover Elvis: Elvis Presley to Richard Nixon, December 21, 1970 --
Nixon in China: Mary Ann Grelinger to Richard Nixon, July 16, 1971 --
Mrs. John Shields to Richard Nixon, July 16, 1971 --
Nixon's Pardon: Jackie Ann Lucas to Gerald Ford, November, 1974; Robert Lind to Gerald Ford, September, 1974 --
Anthony Ferreira to Gerald Ford, September 11, 1974 --
Betty Ford: Tyson Garrison to Betty Ford, August 13, 1975 --
Dorothy Tabata to Betty Ford, August 18, 1975 --
Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa to Jimmy Carter, November 17, 1979 --
Economy: Roy Klober to Jimmy Carter, 1980 --
L.W. McKenzie, Jr. to Jimmy Carter, 1980 --
Iran Hostage Situation: Cyrus Vance to Jimmy Carter, April 21, 1980 --
Natural Disasters: Andy Smith to Ronald Reagan, April 18, 1984 --
Ronald Reagan to Andy Smith, May 11, 1984 --
First Gulf War: Patricia J. Elvin to George H.W. Bush, November 27, 1990; Eric Colton to George H.W. Bush, February 12, 1991 --
Space: Thaddeus Zagorewicz to Richard Nixon, July 20, 1969 --
John Glenn to Bill Clinton, November 6, 1998.
Other Titles: Dear Mister President
Responsibility: introduction by Brian Williams ; text by Dwight Young.
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The right to be heard, even at the highest levels, is something Americans take for granted. Over the years countless people have taken pen in hand and begun a letter with the words Dear Mr. President. A mere toe dip into the National Archives' vast holdings, Dear Mr. President presents a delirious potpourri of 87 letters for perusal. The epistolary arts are every voyeur's secret pleasure, and the most public of public offices compels people of all walks of life, from children to the working man to the very famous, to put pen to paper. This carefully selected batch of letters, from over one hundred years of archiving letters to the President, includes such gems as the letter from a ten year old Fidel Castro to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 requesting ten bucks; an offer from Annie Oakley to President McKinley to raise a company of fifty American lady sharpshooters in the event of a war with Spain; a scrawled note on American Airlines in flight letterhead from Elvis Presley to Richard Nixon offering his services to fight the Hippie Elements; and a very moving letter about the state of civil rights from Jackie Robinson to President Eisenhower. The book opens with a 5,000 word introduction by Thomas Mallon, a well known figure who can place these letters in the American consciousness and give some further information on some of them. The letters themselves are reproduced where possible as full size facsimiles and are accompanied with commentary to help the reader place them within historical events. Some archival photos will also run with the letters, in cases where we have photos of the writer and the President together.

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