New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1960. First Edition. Orange. Uncommonly found SIGNED "With sincerest regards / D. S. Saund" in blue ink on ffe. Much desired for his signature, Saund is a hero to the Asian community. 5.25" x 8". vi 12-192 in near Fine / Very Good condition. The book is tight, in shape with only a light damp stain on top edge an drop dent to top rear panel. DJ is now appropriately protected in mylar, with shelf rubbing and small chips along edges, several light stain water spots, spine has closed tear at base of spine and sun fade from orange. Not price clipped.
Dalip Singh Saund (Sep 20, 1899 – Apr 22, 1973) was the first Sikh American, the first Asian American, the first Indian American and the first member of a non-Abrahamic faith to be elected to Congress. He represented the 29th District of California from '57 to '63. He was a strong advocate for civil rights of Asians in America and against the caste system of India. Very good / good +. Item #783
"My opposition, as I have said, made an attempt to use my Indian origin against me. I decided to turn it to my own advantage and announced on a television broadcast that if elected I would immediately fly to India and the Far East. I would appear before the people there and tell them, 'You have been listening to insidious propaganda of the Communists that there is prejudice and discrimination in the United States against your people. Look here I am. I am a living example of American democracy in action. Where else in the world could that happen?" (p 108).