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Sale 86

The Manuscripts, Collectibles & Space Auction

The William K. Steiner Collection - Reformers
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Lot 486
Flanagan, Edward (1886-1948) Irish-born Catholic priest who founded the orphanage known as Boys Town, located in Boys Town, Nebraska. Photograph inscribed and signed, "To my Friend. Esten Shumate / Mid Continent Airlines Inc. Best wishes to you your grand company. May 29, 1941. Father Flanagan."
Estimated Value $100 - 125.
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Lot 487
Goldman, Emma (1869-1940) Anarchist born in present-day Lithuania; known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Typed letter signed, 1 page, 11 x 8½ in., on Mother Earth Publishing Association stationery, New York, May 29, 1916. To Horace Traubel regarding the Woman's Federation Club conference dinner and a meeting she'd like him to attend. Goldman writes: "…We have called a meeting at Russell Hurts' place…to start a determined anti-military campaign. Giovannitti and a number of others you know, together with myself, have gotten up a manifesto which is to be signed by all the real revolutionists, and of course, we count you among them…" Goldman was deported to Russia in December 1919 under the Anarchist Exclusion Act, which had been expanded in 1918 to include any non-citizens who could be identified as advocates of anarchy or revolution.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.
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Lot 488
Keller, Helen (1880-1968) American author, political activist, and lecturer. She campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other causes. Her life was depicted in "The Miracle Worker." Typed letter signed, 4 pages, 9½ x 7 7/8 in., Forest Hills (N.Y.), November 10, 1923. To Art Young (1866-1943), the socially conscious artist and cartoonist. In part: "…My teacher and I often speak of our invasion of your 'Summer-Time'--how dear and cordial you were to the gypsy bunch who descended upon you from the north like a flock of hungry birds….That was an unforgetable evening we spent in the quaint little study where you write and make pictures. As you talked to us of your work….there was revealed a hidden Art Yound who dwells apart in a seclusin deep as my own. It is strange…how perverse this hidden self is!….Just now the world is full of tragic premonitions…. Perhaps, though, there is more hope in the situation than we think. Under the turmoil and wreckage the Great Idea may be hastening slowly, with circumspection and invincible tread. May not Russia be the implement shaped by the ages to uproot the jungle which we have made of the earth God gave us to cultivate and to enjoy? Anyway, Russia has become a towering beacon to a world grappling with an unknown destiny.may we not hope, of a new day when 'nation shall not lift up sword against nation any more'….It is surprising, is it not, that we can be happy and full of the joy of life, no matter how deeply tinged with gloom our musings on the misfortunes of mankind may be!…." Keller had joined the Socialist Party in Massachusetts in 1909, and even though she decided after 1921 that her chief life's work would be raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind, she still felt hoped passionately for a future without war and poverty through the cause of socialism. With vintage photo restrike of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan; AP/Wide World stamp on verso.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 489
Keller, Helen. Signature on a 3¼ x 5½ in. card, no place, no date. With a 9 x 7 in. photo of Miss Keller with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, c. 1929. Photo by Wide World Photos.
Estimated Value $100 - 150.
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Lot 490
Miranda, Rafael Cancel (1930 -) Political activist, member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and an advocate of Puerto Rican independence. On March 1, 1954, Miranda, with fellow Nationalists Lolita Lebron, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodriguez entered the United States Capitol building and fired 30 shots, hitting five congressmen, all of whom survived. All four Nationalists were arrested and sent to different prisons. Miranda, who was considered the primary shooter, was sentenced to 85 years and sent to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary; in 1960 he was transferred to Leavenworth, and in 1970 to Marion Penitentiary in Illinois. When he became eligible for parole in 1979, he was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.

Autograph letter signed ("Rafael"), as a prisoner in Marion Penitentiary, 2 pages, April 1, 1979. To Reverend and Mrs. S. Jackson in Philadelphia. In part: "…I have the great joy of receiving many letters - and now & then I get way behind in my answering….the jailers won't allow me to get those things that you want to send to me….Anyway, your letters are like gifts - so, you are, indeed, sending me something which I value. Yes, my friend went to his death at peace with himself, because he lived a good life - a life dedicated to the freedom of his people! He was a very very humane person - about ten thousands [sic] Puerto Ricans went to his funeral….Our people knows [sic] what we are fighting for - Yes, I'm eligible for parole - in June - but I won't apply for it, because I won't accept no conditions in my freedon, nor would I ask for pardons or things like that….very many people around the world are asking for our unconditional release (even the General Assembly of the United Nations - more than a hundred countries asked Carter for it)….it's a great comfort to me that so many people are supporting us…." Both letter and envelope have Miranda's prisoner number.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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