Lot #95
Eleanor Roosevelt

“What I do think, is that our entire system of retirement should be changed”
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“What I do think, is that our entire system of retirement should be changed”

TLS, one page, 6.25 x 9.75, personal letterhead, April 1, 1960. Letter to Mr. Walter Brandin. In full: “I am afraid I do not consider your plan for senior citizens very practical or really wise. What I do think, is that our entire system of retirement should be changed. People who are still able to make contributions should be allowed to do so as long as it is possible. If they are still vigorous in mind but not able to go on with the physical aspects of the work they have been doing up to that time, there should be available through the government some other training. This should be possible without denying them at a certain age their pensions, and it would mean that if they were not earning as much as they had in the past they could live more comfortably on what admittedly are today inadequate old age pensions. This system would allow their wisdom and their capacity to work to continue. One of the reasons for retiring people early is to give young people a chance to come up more quickly and of course with automation we are going to have to do some real thinking on how to get full employment and develop new fields of work for both young and old. This is a challenge for ingenuity, and in our production fields today we should be doing research since otherwise we will have not only old people but young people out of work.” Nicely double-matted and framed with a portrait and the original mailing envelope (bearing a stamped free frank) to an overall size of 22 x 18.5. In fine condition. Unusually excellent content addressing a social problem that remains to this day, especially appropriate as it was during her husband’s first term that Social Security was established to aid Americans in their old age. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #436 - Ended September 10, 2014

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