Document 25: Elayne DeLott to Renee DeLott, "i am sending the first letter," Canton, Mississippi, [early October 1964], Elaine DeLott Baker Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Introduction

   Leaving Jackson and moving to Canton re-energized me. The Canton project gave me an opportunity to interact with the community around the institutional discrimination that pervaded the local branches of federal agencies. Later that January, I was able to set up face-to-face meetings between small groups of local people and high-level bureaucrats in six D.C. agencies, including the Office of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Office of Health Education and Welfare (See Document 76).

dear sister,

    i am sending the first letter because it is depressing and even though i no longer feel that way, it's kind of a testimony of the ups and downs i have, and we all do. i myself am much more settled here now. in the first place i have a better project, my own idea, and am working it out. it is less research and more contact with people, training them to do things, etc. although i perhaps will never regret having committed to memory the poverty bill and the social security act, plus mdta, i still am glad to not have to spend too much time devising new bills, and working like a sneaky lawyer discovering weak points and potential pressure points.

    i am of course very upset about the thought of ernest being really sick. i have a whole complete picture of him in my mind, and am happiest of all because you like him, and i think this is the nicest part of all. send him my hello.

    nothing too much else to report.

    by the way, please send me the I Ching with the hexagrams. very important, send it to me, 838 lutz st, canton, miss.

858-9944 miss you
love,
e.
me

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