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By Michael G. Long

Never-before-published letters supply a wealthy portrait of the baseball megastar as a fearless recommend for racial justice on the optimum degrees of yankee politics

Jackie Robinson's braveness at the baseball diamond is likely one of the nice tales of the fight for civil rights in the United States, and his corridor of status occupation speaks for itself. yet we now not listen Robinson communicate for himself; his demise at age fifty-three in 1972 robbed the United States of his voice some distance too soon.
In First type Citizenship, Jackie Robinson comes alive at the web page for the 1st time in a long time. the coed Michael G. lengthy has unearthed a impressive trove of Robinson's correspondence with--and own replies from--such towering figures as Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, and Barry Goldwater. those awesome conversations show the scope and intensity of Robinson's attempt in the course of the Fifties and Sixties to rid the United States of racism.
Writing eloquently and with glaring ardour, Robinson charted his personal path, providing his aid to Democrats and to Republicans, wondering the strategies of the civil rights move, and tough the nation's leaders whilst he felt they have been accountable of hypocrisy--or worse. via his phrases in addition to his activities, Jackie Robinson really personified the "first type citizenship" that he thought of the birthright of all americans, no matter what their race.

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Eisenhower, the keynote speaker at the televised event, made a special effort to shake Robinson's hand just after delivering his speech. November 25, 1953 Dear Mr. President: I want to take this opportunity to let you know how very much it meant to me to be able to meet you briefly at the dinner in Washington Monday night. It was a great privilege for me to appear on a program in which the President of the United States took part. It was equally great for me to experience the warmth and sincerity of your handshake in the midst of such an illustrious group of Americans.

Because of my appreciation not only of the importance of this program but also of the part you personally are playing in it, it gives me real pleasure to send you the enclosed cashier's check drawn to the order of the Harlem Branch as a contribution toward the expense of this program during the current year. A. of the City of New York, my brothers and I have not felt that we could normally contribute to branches of the "Y" within the city. Because of this you will understand, I am sure, my asking that this gift be reported as having come from an anonymous source.

Sharp Attacks, Surprising Defenses: 1967 241 12. The Politics of Black Pride: 1968 265 13. " I was conducting research on President Richard Nixon at the National Archives in Laguna Beach, California, when the archivist Paul Wormser approached my desk with that beautiful question. It was December 2005, and while the Robinson file was beyond my immediate research topic, I could not resist the delicious temptation. "I have not," I replied. " Paul quickly returned with the file, and for the next several hours I was just spellbound, completely immersed in digesting and copying a significant body of letters between Robinson and Nixon.

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