"If it weren't for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land": First edition of Paul G. Kauper's Religion and Constitution; lengthily inscribed by Bill Clinton to his former high school principal Johnnie Mae Mackey
Religion and the Constitution.
Kauper, Paul G. (Bill Clinton).$6,200.00
Item Number: 95273
Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1964.
First edition of this collection of lectures devoted to contemporary questions regarding religion in its relation to the constitutional order. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Bill Clinton on the front free endpaper, “5 – 14 – 66 Georgetown University To Mrs. Johnnie Mae Mackey, This little book is a glowing testimonial to the freedom of man in America and the efforts of our judges to perpetuate and insure that freedom to every man. But if it weren’t for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land. May I make my small contribution to the many expressions of gratitude for your inspiration and dedication. Bill Clinton.” Laid in is the original transmittal letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Bill Clinton which reads in part, “Dear Mrs. Mackey – I picked up this small but valuable book in my study of U.S. Constitution and Government. I know you are most interested in this subject, especially those sections in the book which deal with school prayer…Finals are coming up – Wish me good luck – and the same to you in graduating the class of 66 – see you soon – Sincerely, Bill Clinton.” The recipient, Johnnie Mae Mackey was the principal of Hot Springs High School in Little Rock, Arkansas when Clinton was a student. Mackey came to consider Clinton her brightest protégé and it was under her mentoring that Clinton was sent to Washington D.C. as one of two Arkansas delegates to Boy’s Nation where he met and shook hands with John F. Kennedy, a defining moment in his life. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique look into the mind of the future President of the United States.
The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II, and he has continually scored high in the historical rankings of U.S. presidents, consistently placing in the top third.