Letters to Robert Sherwood
These two letters are from prominent journalist and writer William Allen White to noted playwright and Franklin D. Roosevelt speech-writer Robert Sherwood. White, who in May 1940 co-founded a political action group encouraging U.S. aid to Great Britain in its defense against Adolf Hitler, writes in these letters of U.S. measures being sought by the Committee and his concerns for America's allies.
- Creation: July 26, 1940 and August 7, 1940; photograph dated July 4, 1939
- White, William Allen, 1868-1944 (Person)
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Biography of William Allen White
William Allen White was born at Emporia, Kansas, on February 10, 1868. After attending the University of Kansas, he pursued newspaper work, and in 1895 purchased the Emporia Gazette where his grassroots editorials gained him national prominence. White also wrote widely-published poems, articles, and books, and was influential in state and national politics through the early years of World War II. In May 1940, he co-founded a national political action committee, called the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, which lobbied for U.S. aid to Great Britain and America's West European allies in their defense against Adolf Hitler. White died on January 29, 1944 at Emporia.
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RH MS P744
RH MS-P P744
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Paul C. Richards Autographs, 15 January 1966
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- Letters to Robert Sherwood
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White, William Allen, 1868-1944, Letters to Robert Sherwood, Kansas Collection, RH MS P744, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries