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A Story In" Pictures 

By James Schlecker 

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LABOR CHAPBOOK No. 3 

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SECOND EDITION 



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Published by Commonwealth Chapter ASU 



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Fraiiik-itn^ Roosevelt 
The White House 
Washington, D. C. 

Dear Mr. Roosevelt: 

DON'T suppose that these hurriedly done linoleum cuti 

and their message will reach you. But I made them to keep 

a promise I made one rainy February morning in your back yard. 

It was a promise I made to a Tennessee girl whose birthday it 

j*as tliat day. 

Oriithe way back to the Labor Building I called to her: "Happy 
birthday 1" * 

She said: "It's a hell of a birthday, having to listen to that man 
tell us we don't know what we are talking about. He'll get ua into 
warryet.'' _ 

I promised her, ' We'll do something about that before your 
next birthday." 

You see, Mr. President, she didn't mind standing in the rain 
on her birthday, listening to you 3peak. No, it wasn't that. What 
she did mind was ths fact that you said that her belief in peace 
was ''twaddle." 

It'sriot that she is a teroperairentat girl, bnt she just thought 

tnattne president was interested in seeing that the youth of the 

c^up-try have a decent chance to become useful citizens instead 

if beikg smeared all over the imperialist battlefields "defending 

[democracy" abroad. 

She thinks there is plenty to do right here. Things like passing 
an anti lynch law, repealing the poll-tax, and junking the Dies 
committee— and giving jobs to everybody. 

She knows very well there is no danger of the U. S. being at- 
tacked, and there's no logical reason whataoever for building a 
bigger army and navy at the expense of the twelve million unem- 
ployed unless it is to be used to pull England's chestnuts out of 
the fire. 

If that's tried maybe somebody's going to be burnt badly be- 
cause (maybe yen hadn't heard it) the Yarlku are NOT Coming 

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Press Comment 

3. B. in the Peoples Daily World — 

"Twaddlk, a Story in Pictures, M by James 
Schlecker, Published by Commonwealth 
Chapter ASU, Commonwealth College. 
10 cents. 

Prefacing his booklet with an open let- 
ter to President Roosevelt, artist James 
Sehlecker has gotton out an appropri- 
ately named answer to the much-dis* 
cussed presidential rebuke delivered 
on a rainy February morning to Amer- 
ican Youth Congress members wji© 
asked for jobs and peace. 

In & new and striking form is this 
presentation of the flight of America's 
youth, Mr. Sehlecker tells the story 
with a series of linoleum cuts which 
show first boys and girls in school then 
graduation, then the weary, hopeless 
hunt for jobs. 

Then the series of cuts take on a 
new tempo as the trek to Washington 
of the Youth Congress is shown, There 
is hope and vitality in the young bodies 
pictured here. Next is the falsely be- 
nign fac^ of th$ President,, beaming 
but empty of promise. And finally, the 
last dramatic picture shows young 
bands outstretched. 






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