On Our Way


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ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. On Our Way. New York: John Day, (1934). Small octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of FDR's detailed program for national recovery known as "The New Deal."

Written for the average American citizen, On Our Way consolidates Roosevelt's many plans for national recovery and explains how they would interact to form the New Deal. "It was a year of redemption and consummation—the redemption of pledges to the people of America and the consummation of the hopes of the many who looked forward to a better ordered common life. I am setting forth the milestones that mark the achievement of a new public policy. Some people have sought to describe that policy as revolutionary: perhaps it is. It is revolutionary, however, only in the sense that the measures adopted and the purposes that they seek differ from those that were used before. If it is a revolution, it is a peaceful one, achieved without violence, without the overthrow of the purposes of established law and without the denial of just treatment to any individual or class" (ix). First state with "party" for "property" on page x and "willing" (instead of "unwilling") at page 162, line 10. With scarce errata slip laid in. Ink gift inscription from the year of publication.

Book with slight toning to spine, about-fine; dust jacket with shallow edge-wear at spine ends and corners and a bit of toning to spine, bright and near-fine.

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