Carlyle and the War

New York: Jean Wick, 1915. First Edition. Review Copy, with publisher's review slip laid in. Association Copy, lengthily INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by author Marshall Kelly to Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette Sr. Additionally SIGNED by La Follette on the front endpaper.

In 1917, while most American politicians supported US intervention in World War I, La Follette became one of the few politicians advocating neutrality. In a fiery speech before the Senate on April 2, 1917, La Follette argued that American involvement in the war would line the pockets of already wealthy munitions industrialists but would lead to the deaths of countless working class Americans, and draw attention from important domestic reform measures. Although his opposition led to him being widely branded a traitor, La Follette held firm, opposing the military draft and Espionage Act—correctly predicting that the latter would be used to suppress free speech—and pushing for the war to be funded through a wealth tax instead of the loans which Congress would ultimately approve.

The inscription, dated May 23, 1917, praises La Follette's vocal opposition to the United States' entry into World War I. Kelly writes, "When all but all men in power are obsessed and recklessly do injustice in the Nation's name, I cannot but esteem it a great thing if there be found even one Senator who dares to stand fearlessly on the truth. For no matter how small the minority with him may at first be, his following is certain to increase [...] The worth of the American Nation cannot fail to be silently behind you. Be resolute, and you shall serve your generation indeed. "

Very Good plus, lacking the dust jacket. Boards lightly scuffed and worn at the corners and spine ends. Owner stamp on the top edge of the front pastedown.

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