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About carrite

Independent scholar from Corvallis, Oregon with a strong interest in early 20th century political history.

The Haywood Trial of 1907, part 1 (19-14)

As we have seen, Gene Debs was very close to those who organized the Industrial Workers of the World but took a rather casual approach to the new industrial union, delivering a speech at the founding convention before departing to … Continue reading

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A Few Notes at Halftime (19-13)

The last week of April and the first week of May is a regular and predictable time when my work on Debs slows to a crawl. Real life intervenes in the form of a ten-straight day work schedule; free time … Continue reading

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“Undesirable Citizens” (19-12)

One of the great memes of the first decade of the twentieth century, if you will excuse my use of that anachronistic phrase, surrounds the term “undesirable citizens,” famously used by President Theodore Roosevelt in reference to labor radicals. That … Continue reading

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Debs and the Historians: 1907 — From Long Speeches to Long Articles (19-11)

Life changed for the 52-year old Eugene Victor Debs in 1907. He changed occupations. He changed living arrangements with his wife. Some might say it was a midlife crisis. The year 1906 had been a whirlwind of speaking engagements, starting … Continue reading

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Debs on the Road in 1906 (19-10)

Those who write about history — historians — are generally not satisfied unless they make a unique mark upon their subject, either uncovering new facts to tell a story in a new way, or reinterpreting old facts to provide a … Continue reading

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(19-09) The IWW Split of 1906

Daniel DeLeon was largely responsible for the 1906 split of the Industrial Workers of the World, a division which resulted in two parallel organizations spending money they could not afford on doubled up salaries, offices, and newspapers. Let us be … Continue reading

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Debs and the Haywood-Moyer Affair of 1906 (19-08)

  I don’t know if I’ve ever really explained the purpose of this blog. It probably seems like a huge amount of work — all to produce a huge pile of words to sit mostly unread in a cul de … Continue reading

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