Letter from Joseph Steelman to J. Leonard Bates, October 6, 1960

6 October 1960
Professor J. Leonard Bates
Department of History
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois

Dear Leo:

When you called last summer the chairman of our department hat scheduled an interview with Alvin Fahrner, of Goker College, who subsequently accepted the position that was vacant. He is one of Green's students whom you may recall. We are steadily enlarging the department and if Ralph Stone is interested he should get in his application. I understand that some of our history staff may be on the track of jobs elsewhere.

I have taken a very active interest in the campaigns in the state this year. For awhile I helped with the chores in Terry Sanford's state headquarters and have been with him at several political rallies in the eastern part of the state. After the racists were given a good drubbing in June, they turned their ire against Sanford and Kennedy. And now we have the religious bigots, racists, states righters, mavericks, the reactionaries and the like all in the Nixon-Gavin camp. They are creating a great deal of noise and seem to have considerable funds from outside sources. I cannot imagine, however, how they can carry the state. It is certainly a sordid crowd to have to contend with.

Kennedy figuratively mopped up the ground with Nixon in that first debate----but you know how whimsical and irrational some people can be; they cannot appreciate the weight of superior intelligence and character. I trust you and your colleagues are backing Billington in the effort to unseat Mundt the reactionary.

Let us hear from you. And if you plan to be in New York during December we can count on a visit together. Lala nad I plan to go up on Christmas night for a weeks stay.

Yours cordially,
Joe Steelman

Letter from Joseph Steelman to J. Leonard Bates, October 6, 1960
Letter from Joseph Steelman to Professor J. Leonard Bates, University of Illinois, dated October 6, 1960. The letter discusses John F. Kennedy's recent debate with Richard Nixon, Terry Sanford's campaign, and the political situation in North Carolina.
October 06, 1960
Original Format
21cm x 28cm
Local Identifier
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
This item has been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. If you are the creator or copyright holder of this item and would like it removed, please contact us at als_digitalcollections@ecu.edu.
Materials on this site may include offensive content. Public access is provided to these resources to preserve the historical record. Items on this site do not represent the opinions, values, or beliefs of Joyner Library.

Contact Digital Collections

If you know something about this item or would like to request additional information, click here.

Comment on This Item

Complete the fields below to post a public comment about the material featured on this page. The email address you submit will not be displayed and would only be used to contact you with additional questions or comments.

Comment Policy