Item #06683 Schoolboy “Expendables”: Our Retrogression to Barbarism. W. S. CHASE.

Schoolboy “Expendables”: Our Retrogression to Barbarism

Glenshaw, Pa.: W. S. Chase, 1947. Fourth printing. Stapled wrappers (3 ¾” x 6 ¾”), 22 pp. Rust to staples, else Fine. Two copies in WorldCat at the Wisconsin Historical Society & Alexander Turnbull Library in NZ.

A vituperative anti-war screed that accuses the U.S war class of sacrificing young schoolboys for “futile European wars.” The author contends that the Founding Fathers “would be aghast at our complete degeneration, preoccupation with trivialities, moronic amusements, crooners and whatnot, while the country plunges headlong to both spiritual and material ruin.” We were unable to uncover much about Chase, although we find a 1946 letter to the editor in “The Pittsburgh Press” equally as scathing with perhaps further insight into his concerns: “meddling Into War II was the greatest possible disservice our "leaders" could have forced men and boys to do to the country the ironical result of replacing relatively puny Hitler with the Russian Colossus proves that.” Certainly more right-wing isolationist in tone than left-wing universalist. Item #06683

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