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Manahan, James (1866-1932) to A.G. Johnson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09518.02 Author/Creator: Manahan, James (1866-1932) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 15 January 1914 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.8 x 20.5 cm.

Manahan's reply to Johnson's telegram that he oppose the literacy test of the Burnett immigration bill. Agrees that the test unfairly discriminates against immigrants. "You know as well as I do that if the rabid restrictionists of our country had had their way in the days gone by we would not have been here today."

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