Oct 22, 2015 - Sale 2394

Sale 2394 - Lot 157

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
"FOREMOST AMONG . . . PROBLEMS[:] . . . THE COST OF LIVING" KENNEDY, JOHN F. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, 14-page fragment of early draft for the speech he delivered to the 66th Annual Convention of the Massachusetts Federation of Labor on August 13th, 1952, with numerous scattered corrections. Half of first page in pencil. 14 pages, 8vo, written on rectos only. (TFC) Np, circa 13 August 1952

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"problems of special interest and vital significance to men and women whom you represent.
"Foremost among such problems and dwarfing all others has been the steady upward rise in the cost of living--and which threatens . . . to destroy to an increasing degree everything that the people of this country have earned with their own hard work and conscientious efforts.
". . . The . . . weakening of the rent control section [of 1951 price control legislation]--the lifting of controls of fruits & raw vegetables--the emasculation of the wage stabilization section--the whole sale firing of over 6000 employees charged with enforcement for price controls has made all of our tasks more difficult.
". . . The necessity of increasing our social security benefits and old age assistance payments--to lessen the effects of the increase in their cost of living--to lift the minimum wage from 75¢ and to extend its coverage . . . to permit unions to organize their membership more freely without Federal impediment--to carry through the long time promises to guarantee equality of opportunity in employment.
"These are only some of the actions that must be taken if if [sic] we are not to bring to a halt the social advances of the last two decades--initiated by President Roosevelt and to be continued by President Adlai Stevenson. . . ."