FIRST EDITION OF THE BONUS MARCH AND THE NEW DEAL, 1937, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY THE AUTHOR, JOHN HENRY BARTLETT
BARTLETT, John Henry. The Bonus March and the New Deal. Chicago and New York: M.A. Donohue, (1937). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First edition of this contemporary history of the Depression and the New Deal, with 18 striking photographic illustrations from the era, inscribed in the year of publication: "To Hon Vincent L. Palme——-. Compliments of John H. Bartlett. Dec 30-'37," in original dust jacket.
Written just four years after the New Deal began, The Bonus March and the New Deal chronicles the Bonus March, in which thousands of veterans marched on the Capitol to demand relief at the height of the Great Depression. They had been evicted from Hoovervilles by the U.S. Army acting under orders from President Hoover. The situation sparked violence and desperation. The veterans' cries for relief became a nationwide movement as growing numbers of people suffered from job loss and the Dust Bowl. Their heartfelt resistance gave birth to the New Deal, in which massive amounts of legislation were enacted by President Roosevelt and his administration to provide relief for the poor, opportunities for the jobless, and initiatives to improve the country. The author, John Henry Bartlett, was a Republican governor from New Hampshire and was later appointed president of the United States Civil Service Commission and the first United States Assistant Postmaster General. Bartlett's sympathies, including his concern for the destitute, drove him to switch to the Democratic Party. Faint bookseller stamp.
Book with mild toning to endpapers and slight rubbing and toning to extremities, bright dust jacket with a bit of wear and toning to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy.