19 May 2006
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Three drafts of The Second Inaugural Address EACH WITH EXTENSIVE AUTOGRAPH EMENDATIONS IN EISENHOWER'S HAND. Draft no. 1, 18 December 1956; Draft no. 5, 16 January 1957; Draft no. 8, 19 January 1957. Together 28 pages, 4to. Eisenhower's emendations in pencil.
"WE LIVE IN A LAND OF PLENTY, BUT RARELY HAS THIS EARTH KNOWN SUCH PERIL AS TODAY"
THREE DRAFTS THAT TRACE THE EVOLUTION OF EISENHOWER'S SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, composed with Ike's favorite wordsmith, Emmet J. Hughes, including the very first draft. Draft no. 1 contains about two dozen words in Eisenhower's hand, sometime correcting or altering a single word or phrase, sometime introducing an entirely new thought: "we seek no domination over others, of whatever kind." Draft no. 5, created almost a month later, contains the heaviest amount of corrections. There are over 75 words in Ike's hand, and Hughes inter-lined his own revisions in red type. Eisenhower adds some ominous lines: "We live in a land of plenty, but rarely has this earth known such peril as today." But his general theme is hopeful: "the American experiement," he writes towards the end of this draft, "has for generations, fired the passion and the courage of millions elsewhere seeking freedom and equality. And in physical progress the American story has excited the longing of all needy peoples for some satisfaction of their material wants." The final draft, created the day before the Inauguration, contains the fewest alterations.
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