Extraordinary AQS, signed “Ronald Reagan,” one page on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of his personal letterhead, Pacific Palisades, 1965]. In full: “One hundred years ago Lord Macauley said, ‘Rome was over run and conquered by the Barbarians in the fifth century A.D.’ In the middle of the no date [circa 1e 20th century America will be over run and destroyed but with this difference. Ancient Rome’s Barbarians came from without—Americas Barbarians will have been created by her own Democratic institutions and will come from within.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Reagan’s hand. In fine, clean condition, with a small crease to top margin through letterhead.
The 1960s were a time of civil unrest, filled with protests and acts of disobedience that Reagan, like many other conservatives of the era, did not take lightly. Viewing participants in student protests as “barbarians” attempting to overrun America, Reagan launched his political career in 1966 with this opinion in the forefront, targeting anti-war student activists at the University of California-Berkeley. Originally given to the chairman of the Wisconsin Young Republican Convention as a donation for a fundraising auction in the mid-1960s, this piece remained in private hands after the auction was canceled. Such strongly worded and politically significant statements in Reagan’s own hand are of the utmost interest and rarity. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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