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Five months after Pearl Harbor, FDR responds to an article criticizing his war objectives, telling a U.S. Senator that the writer ìis either deliberately writing stuff which rejoices the heart of Hitler or he is a theoretical dreamer who ought not to write at all�î
Typed Letter Signed ìF.D.R.î as President, 1p, 7î x 9î. Green-tinted White House stationery, Washington, D.C., May 6, 1942. To U.S. Senator Lister Hill. With original White House envelope with label ìU.S. Official Mail and Messenger Service,î from the White House to the United States Senate, attached at back flap. Opened at top edge. Fine condition. In full, ìPersonal Dear Lister: Ever so many thanks for sending me John Temple Gravesí column in answer to Felix Morleyís article in the ëSaturday Evening Postí. Morley is either deliberately writing stuff which rejoices the heart of Hitler or he is a theoretical dreamer who ought not to write at all. With every best wish, Always sincerely.î Alabama Democrat Lister Hill (1894-1984) served in the House of Representatives from 1923-1938 and in the U.S. Senate from 1938-1969. At the time of this letter, Hill was the Democratic Whip (1941-1947). Included are photocopies from the FDR Library of Sen. Hillís April 27, 1942, letter and ìThe Birmingham Age-Heraldî front page editorial by Graves beginning: ìFor insidious defeatism, we nominate Dr. Felix Morley in the current Saturday Evening Post�î ìFor What Are We Fightingî by Dr. Felix Morley appeared in the April 18, 1942, edition of ìSaturday Evening Post.î A complete copy of this issue, label addressed, is present. Niels Bjerre-Poulsen wrote in ìRight Face: Organizing the American Conservative Movement 1945-65î (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002), in part, ìIn a particularly provocative article in ëSaturday Evening Postí entitled ëFor What Are We Fighting?,í Felix Morley called for a statement of purpose. He contended that a very influential group of ëAnglo-American Nazisí ñ a clear reference to such advocates of an ëAmerican Centuryí as Walter Lippmann and Henry Luce ñ had plans for ëa global Anglo-Saxon dictatorship ñ with limited privileges for small nations which know their place and agree to keep it, with great condominiums over the rich lands inhabited by lesser breeds without the law, and with a sort of permanent earthly purgatory ñ enlarged ghettos strikingly like those which the Nazis design for the Jews ñ for the nations which have dared to strike ruthlessly at Anglo-Saxon supremacy.íî
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