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Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon (1890-1973) to George L. Rihl

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.010.02 Author/Creator: Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon (1890-1973) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: December 1949 Pagination: 1 p. + FF 26.7 x 18.4 cm

Rickenbacker sees an "alien philosophy" of wanting "something for nothing" as infiltrating American society. He argues that the people are to blame, not the government or so-called rich. He sees bankruptcy as the result, unless everyone orients themselves away from material things and toward the country's spiritual welfare. He views Christmas as an opportune time for such a rededication. With 2 photos.

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