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Draft Letter from Richard M. Nixon to Jackie Robinson, November 4, 1960


Draft Letter from Vice President Richard M. Nixon to Jackie Robinson, November 4, 1960; Richard M. Nixon Pre-Presidential Papers; Nixon Presidential Materials Project; National Archives and Records Administration

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (1919-72) was the first African American to "officially" play in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson went on to champion the cause of civil rights when he retired from the game.

Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon wrote this letter to Robinson 4 days before the 1960 Presidential election. The annotations in black ink are Nixonís. At the time, Robinson viewed Nixonís civil rights record as more promising than John F. Kennedyís, especially after meeting with both candidates.


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