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The Biographical subseries contains information concerning George McGovern's WWII service as a B-24 pilot flying missions out of Cerignola, Northern Italy. This series includes maps of targets in Europe as well as aerial photographs of the bomb drops in progress. Researchers interested in George McGovern's WWII service may find additional photographs in the Photographs series.
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Correspondence consists of correspondence spanning the years 1944-1955, including personal and business correspondence. It includes documentation between George McGovern and his dissertation advisor, Arthur Link, as well as other university officials concerning McGovern's studies of History at Northwestern University, including graduate funding and the submission of his dissertation. The subseries also contains correspondence between members of the South Dakota Farmers Union.
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Statements and Publicity contains statements as well as press clippings documenting George McGovern's early political activities. The early press clippings are centered around public events and politicians in South Dakota, especially Republican congressman Karl Mundt. Later clippings document George McGovern's early public appearances and political activities. The subseries also contains a small number of early speeches by McGovern on the anniversary of the Ludlow massacre, Christianity and Communism, and on the state of the Democratic party in the Dakotas.
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The Early Activities series documents George McGovern's early years from 1939 to 1955, before he held public office. It contains information on his military service as a B-24 pilot during World War II as well as his early political activities in South Dakota. The series includes correspondence, statements, schedules, and press clippings. Of special interest are maps and photographs documenting McGovern's WWII bombing tours in Europe.