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PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/04/1955 - HFSID 5156

"THE AGGRESSIVE FORCES OF COMMUNISM HAVE SPREAD A RED BLANKET OVER THE PROUD CZECHOSLOVAKIAN NATION."   LYNDON B. JOHNSON. TLS: "Lyndon B. Johnson" as U.S. Senator from Texas, 1p, 7½x10. Washington, D.C., 1955 February 4. On his U.S.

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"THE AGGRESSIVE FORCES OF COMMUNISM HAVE SPREAD A RED BLANKET OVER THE PROUD CZECHOSLOVAKIAN NATION."
 
LYNDON B. JOHNSON.
TLS: "Lyndon B. Johnson" as U.S. Senator from Texas, 1p, 7½x10. Washington, D.C., 1955 February 4. On his U.S. Senate, Office of the Democratic Leader, letterhead to Mr. Andrew J. Valuchek, C S Publishing Co., New York, N.Y. In full: "The aggressive forces of communism have spread a Red blanket of terror over the proud Czechoslovakian nation. But those forces have not succeeded in extinguishing the memory of liberty and the determination that a great people will once again be free. The memory of Thomas G. Masaryk will remain an inspiring symbol to all humanity throughout the ages, and the forthcoming anniversary will serve as an occasion in which liberty loving people everywhere can rededicate themselves to the high ideals which he so nobly advanced." What LBJ called in 1955 "a red blanket", Churchill had called, in 1946, "an iron curtain". THOMAS G. MASARYK (1850-1937) was a Czechoslovakian patriot and statesman who fought for his country's independence and served as its President from 1918-1935. The anniversary mentioned in this letter was likely the March observance of the 105th anniversary of Masaryk's birth. He was pictured on a U.S. "Champions of Liberty" postage stamp in 1960, five years after this letter was written. LYNDON B. JOHNSON (1908-1873), who was a U.S. Senator from Texas from 1949 until his resignation upon being elected John F. Kennedy's Vice President in 1960, was Minority Whip (1951-1953), Minority Leader (1953-1955) and Majority Leader (1955-1960). He had previously been a U.S. Congressman from the state from 1937-1949. After serving as JFK's Vice President from 1961-1963, Johnson succeeded the assassinated Chief Executive as 36th U.S. President (1963-1969). Lightly creased with folds, horizontal fold at signature. Show through of writing (unknown hand) at upper blank margin. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 30½x21.

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