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notes and sources

  • Anacostia Flats is John Dos Passos's look at the Bonus Marchers of 1932, displaced World War veterans who marched to the Capitol from the depths of the Depression to make their claim for a promised monetary bonus from the government. They were eventually fired on by government troops led by a young General MacArthur. This essay was pulled from the pages of Proletarian Literature in the United States, an anthology edited by Granville Hicks and others and published in 1935.

  • Edmund Wilson's 3-D: dreary, dry, and droll account of Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade was anthologized by Wilson himself in The American Earthquake, published in 1958.

  • Hilton Butler's Lynch Law in Action was published in The New Republic in 1931. The article couples accounts of graphic violence with a strange posit on the reason for southern lynchings... a lack of other entertainment.

  • Edmund Wilson appears again with a detailed account of the state of affairs in the midst of the Scottsboro Freight-Car Case. The battle for control of the politics of the case is interesting....

  • The Ethics of Living Jim Crow by Richard Wright was published in American Stuff: An Anthology of Prose and Verse by Members of the Federal Writers' Project in 1937. The anthology "attempts to organize a broad cultural picture of the American scene, past and present - its folkways, its social, political, and industrial economy, side by side with the more usual scenic and historic figures."

  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh recounts the journey that she and Charles's made in 1931, a journey by air North To The Orient. The book is, in her words, "an attempt to capture a phase in the history of travel that is perhaps unrepeatable and, as such, is worth being recorded." The chapters here reveal the public's fascination not only with flying, but with the young couple themselves as they set off from the air field.