[Dear Mr. President: Like millions of our fellow countrymen]
by Donald Harrington, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
October 30, 1958
American Committee on Africa
Copy of a letter to President Eisenhower advocating establishing diplomatic relations with Guinea. A month has passed since the referendum - one of the most remarkable colloquies ever held between two peoples and their leaders. General de Gaulle has not yet honored the promise made in his speeches at Brazzaville and Conakry to respect Guinea's wish for independence. While Guinea awaits French recognition as a sovereign state, the reluctance of the U.S. government to recognize the new state of Guinea until France has done so identifies the U.S. in the eyes of world opinion with France's somewhat petulant and spiteful posture. Among the 36 countries that have recognized Guinea so far are the Soviet Union and Communist China. The letter asks if there is any reason why the U.S. should lead the people of Guinea to feel that they have friends in Moscow and Peiping, but not in Washington? The letter discusses Prime Minister of Guinea Sekou Toure.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections