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    Ronald Reagan Writes About How Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto Joined the Polish Uprising Against the Nazis

    Autograph Letter Signed

    3 pages

    SMC 150

    Ronald Reagan denounces socialism to a correspondent abroad, and makes special mention of the atrocities committed by the socialism of the Soviets and the Germans during World War II. Reagan mentions that the Soviets held back whilst the Nazis slaughtered the Polish freedom fighters who were mostly, he mistakenly claims, Jews from the Ghetto.
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    Quintessential Reagan Speech: He's Sick About RFK's Assassination, About Lawlessness, About Blame

    Typed Manuscript

    19 pages

    SMC 163

    Ronald Reagan, speaking here after weeks of unrest at university campuses, the slaying of policemen, and finally, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, takes the current leadership to task for allowing the country to be torn apart.
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    President Ronald Reagan Defends George Custer Against Charges of Negligence at Little Bighorn

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 248

    Describing himself as a "Custer Buff," President Ronald Reagan regrets that White House custom forbids his writing a foreword to a book on Custer. Reagan then goes on to defend Custer as a "brilliant officer," and rejects the idea that Custer's last stand was foolhardy, but actually following orders.
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    A Secret Service Agent's Account of the Reagan Assassination Attempt, Signed by Reagan

    Autograph Sentiment Signed

    4 pages

    SMC 257

    Jerry Parr, who is credited with saving Ronald Reagan's life, gives his account of the assassination attempt. Everything that happened in the three seconds between the first pop of gunfire to the door of the presidential limo slamming shut, is broken down into slow-motion, from the moment Reagan leaves for his luncheon at the Washington Hilton, to his remarks prior to entering surgery.
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    Ronald Reagan Offers Ethel Kennedy His Help as Robert F. Kennedy, Shot in Los Angeles, Lay Dying

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 502

    In this telegram, Ronald Reagan, a political opponent of Robert F. Kennedy, sets aside partisanship and offers Ethel Kennedy assistance.
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    Five Weeks After Having Been Shot and Almost Killed, Ronald Reagan is Pleased with Recovery

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 890

    Five weeks after the assassination attempt, President Ronald Reagan writes to his friend Glenn Ford, telling him that he feels fine, and is even surprising the doctors, which, in turn, makes him feel even better.
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    A Ronald Reagan Photo in Front of the Berlin Wall, Inscribed With

    Signed Photograph

    1 page

    SMC 1471

    Autograph quote from Ronald Reagan on a photo of him in front of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg gate. The famous "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
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    Reagan Promises To Work for Foe Nixon in '68 :

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1473

    Ronald Reagan, who lost the Republican nomination to Nixon, promises to "beat his brains out" in supporting his former foe; the Republican party doesn't have "too many more chances."
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    Ronald Reagan Describes Himself as a

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1474

    Ronald Reagan contends that America cannot survive another four years of Lyndon B. Johnson's administration's "aimlessness." He therefore calls himself a "crier of doom," as he vows to help enact political change.
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    Reagan Stirringly Defends His Decision Not to Stop a Cop-Killer's Execution

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1475

    Governor Reagan responds to a man who sharply condemns his unwillingness to prevent the execution of a man convicted for killing a policeman. Despite the combative nature of the man's letter (also transcribed here), Reagan willingly engages the man in discussing the function and protocol of the judicial system in the context of capital punishment.
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    Ronald Reagan Writes About Vietnam in 1968: A Change of Policy is Needed

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1476

    Ronald Reagan's draft of a letter to a Vietnam serviceman expressing his gratitude for his and other soldiers' service. Reagan calls for both a policy and leadership change, alluding to Johnson's handling of the war.
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    Reagan, Arguing for Capital Punishment, Discusses the Rabbinic Interpretation of the Sixth Commandment

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1477

    Reagan corrects protestors of the death penalty who quote the Bible saying "Thou Shalt Not Kill," referring to capital punishment. According to the original Hebrew, Regan argues, the Bible commands one not to murder - the convicted was, himself, charged with murdering a police officer in the first degree. The Bible also calls for reciprocal justice, ie, "an eye for an eye."
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    Ronald Reagan Declares that JFK Was Much More

    Autograph Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1478

    Ronald Reagan admits that he doesn't know exactly what President Kennedy would have done with regards to the Vietnam War, though he is certain that JFK was more "intelligent and perceptive" than Johnson, whom he doesn't name directly.
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    President Ronald Reagan, Burdened by Budget Crisis, Happily Escapes Washington for a Day

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1483

    President Reagan, who was encountering great difficulty in having his budget passed in the Senate, enjoys a day in New Jersey, addressing the University of Seton Hall.
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    President Ronald Reagan on Challenges:

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1484

    In this letter, Ronald Reagan demonstrates the optimism for which he became famous.
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    A Scarce Ronald Reagan White House Card Signed

    White House Card

    1 page

    SMC 1485

    A fine example of a rare White House Card signed by the 40th President, Ronald Reagan.
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    Reagan Worries That the Left Wants Conservatives in Concentration Camps and Says LBJ is a Bum

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1898

    Two days after the crushing defeat of Barry Goldwater, Reagan takes stock of the nascent Conservative movement, speculates that the Left wants to see the Right in concentration camps, and gives vent to a rare burst of personal animosity: Lyndon Johnson, he declares, is a bum.
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