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VICE PRESIDENT WALTER F. MONDALE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1979 - HFSID 266093

WALTER F. MONDALE Walter F. Mondale sends a typed letter clarifying a speech he had given. Typed Letter signed: "Fritz" as Vice President, 1p, 7x9. The Vice President, Washington, 1979 July 26.

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WALTER F. MONDALE
Walter F. Mondale sends a typed letter clarifying a speech he had given.
Typed Letter signed: "Fritz" as Vice President, 1p, 7x9. The Vice President, Washington, 1979 July 26. In full: "Dear Pat, Your comments and personal note of July 16 brought the Vice Presidential wrath down on my speechwriter, who assured me that somebody must have misquoted me. After reading the transcript of my speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors I think you will agree. I did not use the phrase 'benign neglect' at any point during the speech. Warm personal regards." Huge handwritten postscript: "Right Again!" In 1970, as President Nixon's urban affairs adviser, Moynihan proposed a policy of "benign neglect" toward Black Americans that drew heavy criticism. He wrote a memorandum to the President, in part: "The time may have come when the issue of race could benefit from a period of 'benign neglect'. The subject has been too much talked about...We may need a period in which Negro progress continues and racial rhetoric fades. The administration can help bring this about by paying close attention to such progress-as we are doing-while seeking to avoid situations in which extremists of either race are given opportunities for martyrdom, heroics, histrionics or whatever." Mondale, formerly a U.S. Senator from Minnesota and later U. S. Ambassador to Japan, was Jimmy Carter's Vice President (1977-1981). He was the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 1984. DIRECTLY FROM THE SALE OF THE ESTATE OF DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN. Moynihan, represented New York in the U.S. Senate for four terms (1977-2001). Blank upper left corner cut off. Estate inventory numbers stamped in left and upper margins. Otherwise, fine condition.

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