February 7-8, 2008

NPR All Things Considered.  An American president, worried about criticism during a time of war, writes a private letter to the publisher of a prominent New York newspaper, hoping for its support.  The year is 1861, and the president is Abraham Lincoln.  Now, the Raab Collection in Philadelphia is selling the letter, valued at $55,000.  Steven Raab explains to Michele Norris that when Lincoln sent the handwritten letter to James Gordon Bennett, the publisher of the era’s most influential newspaper, the New York Herald, things were not going very well for the Union side in the Civil War.  Listen to the entire segment online at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18815961&ft=1&f=1001

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