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[Letter] 1963 April 29, London [to] Francis E. Walter / Winston S. Churchill.

The following student work was completed as part of a Lehigh University Digital Writing Course.

Evan Spark-Depass

My historical topic pertains to Winston Churchill and specifically his nomination and eventual acceptance of American Citizen status.

Question: "What made Churchill originally reject and then 5 years later accept the nomination?" will be my focus

Research Notes:

Morgan, Alfred L. "Francis Eugene Walter." Lehigh University Biography Resource Center. 12 Nov. 2005 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/>.

This source should provide some background information on the relatively obscure (compared to Churchill), Francis E. Walter. Francis Walter was the man who originally proposed the idea to nominate Churchill to receive this honor, so he is extremely important in the plot of this mini- history. Although this source doesn't mention Churchill specifically, it does give a good amount of information on Walter, and provides the reader with some insight into what he was like and his political action.

"House Supports Plan to Grant U.S. Citizenship to Churchill." New York Times 13 Mar. 1963. The New York Times. ProQuest Information and Learning. 12 Nov. 2005 <http://proquest.umi.com/>.

This is an extremely useful article in the New York Times, from the day Churchill accepted the honor of American Citizen status. It is not only useful in the sense that it is quite good and relevant information, but it also has great potential visually to show during the movie. The source speaks to the historical implications of the action and the bureaucratic steps taken to create this special honor.

"Winston Churchill." Lehigh University Library Biography Resource Center. 12 Nov. 2005 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/>.

A biographical sketch of Churchill which is important because it goes over the tribute paid to Churchill, which is overlooked in other biographies due to his great lifetime accomplishments. By tying this into the biography, hopefully connections can be made pertaining to why he rejected and then accepted the honor.

World War 2 Commemoration. 12 Nov. 2005 <http://www.grolier.com/wwii/wwii_churchill.html>.

This biography is similar to the aforementioned except that it details Churchill's relationship with the United States and speaks to the literature that he produced about England and American cooperation. There are specifics about his younger life and World War II which may also prove to help build the historical base of this project. Finally, it also speaks about his family life including the fact that he is half American, coming from his mother's side.

"Churchill and the Great Republic." The Library of Congress. 15 Nov. 2005 <http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/churchill/wc-coldwar.html>.

This page outlines many of the important parts of Churchill's political life. It provides links to both a cartoon of Churchill which depicts him bridging the gap between the US and England and also to the speech which gave him this honor. Both would be incredibly useful to use in a movie, however I haven't been able to locate their sources because they both say "Permission not granted to share online." This one I'll have to work on.

"John F. Kennedy Remarks Upon Signing Proclamation Conferring Honorary Citizenship on Sir Winston Churchill." The American Presidency Project. 15 Nov. 2005 <http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=9145>.

This source is an exact replication of the events and words spoken when conferring honorary American citizenship. It has a lot of value in terms of recognition of the reasons why Churchill received this award, and the relationship that he had with the U.S. This source has potential in terms of being read while clips are being shown.


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