Dear Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives

Dear Mr. President: Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives

by Dwight Young, Brian Williams
     
 

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The right to be heard, even at the highest levels, is something Americans take for granted. Over the years countless people have taken pen in hand and begian a letter with the words "Dear Mr. President." The 87 letters showcased here from the famous and infamous including Elvis Presley, Pidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, and Annie Oakley have been culled from the National

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The right to be heard, even at the highest levels, is something Americans take for granted. Over the years countless people have taken pen in hand and begian a letter with the words "Dear Mr. President." The 87 letters showcased here from the famous and infamous including Elvis Presley, Pidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, and Annie Oakley have been culled from the National Archives collection and span a wide range of topics and emotions. A black soldier writes Lincoln requesting fair pay; Upton Sinclair advises Teddy Roosevelt on inspecting the meatpacking industry; John Glenn e-mails Bill Clinton from space. An introduction by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and illuminating text by Dwight Young expand the tenor of the times in which the letters were written and remind us that the President is both a national icon and a real person with a real address.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792241850
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.21(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Young has been actively involved in historic preservation for almost 30 years. He joined the staff of the National Trust in 1977, and moved to Trust headquarters in Washington in 1992. He is the author of Alternatives to Sprawl, and Saving America's Treasures. He is best known as author of the "Back Page" feature in Preservation magazine. In 2003, the National Trust published a collection of these essays titled Road Trips through History.

Brian Williams became the anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2004, taking over for Tom Brokaw, the first such announced change in the major network news anchors in two decades. He was the NBC News Chief White House correspondent, and was the anchor and managing editor of the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News for six years. Williams has been awarded three Emmys, and in over 20 years of broadcasting, he has reported from 23 countries on countless stories of national and international importance.

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