Agnes Smith wrote to Merton about her confusion over discrimination suffered by blacks and her people, the American Indians. She tells of depression and alcoholism suffered by her brothers and asks whether they are more to blame or society. She also speaks of her son, Robert, who joined the military. Merton speaks of sicknesses in white society and of blacks and Indians regaining their own sense of dignity apart from the standards of white America.
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See also one published letter from Merton to Agnes Smith in Witness to Freedom, pp. 339-340.
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||TL[c] from Merton
||I got your letter, and believe me, I understand. I feel very close to you because recently I have
||HLS to Merton
||have written to you before like so many others looking for answers to my turmoil.