New York: National Emergency Conference for Democratic Rights, (1940). First edition. Four page leaflet printed on a single bifolium, approx. 8-1/2 X 11 inches. Some shallow chipping especially to the bottom edge; folded, but intact and sound, few marks, very good. Item #204566
Statement of alarm based on the actions of the Dies committee in Congress, with its moves toward registration of aliens, and other infringements on civil liberties in the period leading up the U.S. entry into the war. The statement includes a quote from the last speech of the anti-interventionist Senator William Borah, and the names of a prominent roster of endorsers including Sherwood Anderson, Franz Boas, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Fannie Hurst, A. Philip Randolph, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Upton Sinclair. Mrs. Roosevelt's signature here was fuel for her conservative critics. The Dies Committee became the HUAC.