DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Copy of 1941 Budget of the United States Government.
-1940. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. 1079 pages. 9.5" x 12". Leather binding with marbled endpapers.
-Some foxing, the front cover is loose at the spine, else very good.
This original, hardbound copy of The Budget of the United States Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1941 is signed on page XVI "Franklin D. Roosevelt". This is one of only 25 copies signed by FDR at the conclusion of his "message transmitting the Budget" on January 3, 1940. In this budget, developed nearly two years before the United States entered World War II, the President began the massive military expenditures that would increase steadily over the course of his wartime administration. Drawing on the vision he had used to finance his New Deal policies, Roosevelt, in his message (reprinted here), said, "The substantial increase in the past decade is a reflection of the degree to which the country, in response to changing economic and international conditions and changing attitudes, has turned to the Government to meet social needs recognized by our citizenship. Nowhere are our democratic processes so faithfully depicted." This is a rare, historic volume and a must for any FDR or World War II collection.
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