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    Harry S. Truman Autograph Manuscript and Typed Manuscript with Holograph Corrections in Truman's Hand
    from an address given on Oct. 21, 1948 on a radio program sponsored by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union Campaign Committee.

    The opening statements from the address written entirely in Truman's hand: "I certainly appreciate the cordial introduction and support of Miss Bankhead. Miss Bankhead's father, the great Speaker of the House, the Hon. William Bankhead, was a very good friend of mine. Miss Bankhead's uncle, the Hon. John Bankhead, with whom I served for years in the Senate, was a fine gentleman and a great Senator. I also appreciate most highly the support of Miss Barrymore, the first lady of the stag[e], whom I've seen in all her great roles." Written on lined tablet paper, 8" x 10.25" (sight). Matted and framed alongside a typed draft, 7.5" x 12", of the same speech, with numerous corrections in his hand. Although unexamined out of the frame, it is apparent that there is a second page behind the displayed with additional edits.
    In part: "...The New Deal represents not merely our pride in what we have done but he pattern for what we want to do. It is a program for going forward. True liberalism looks to the future, and not merely to the past. [Truman has crossed the phrase.] True liberalism is more than a matter of words. It cannot hide behind the catch phrases of the Republican candidate for President - catch phrases like 'unity' and 'efficiency'. Unity for what? What kind of efficiency? You remember that Mr. Hoover was an 'efficiency expert' too. Also as the Republicans presented him he was the 'Great Engineer'. We have been hearing about engineers again recently from the Governor of New York. [Truman has crossed out and written in:] Republican candidate. He objects to having engineers back up. He doesn't mention, however, that under..."

    An important manuscript reflecting Truman's strategy to align himself with the Roosevelt tradition; a strategy which would prove successful in his dramatic come from behind victory over Dewey in the 1948 election just a month later. Both items are matted and framed to an overall size of 21.75" x 16.75".


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