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About carrite

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

Debs and Berger Part Ways (19-06)

Victor Luitpold Berger (1860-1929) was one of the most important figures in the history of the Socialist Party of America — and one of the least appreciated. A college-educated Austrian Jew, Berger emigrated to the United States with his family … Continue reading

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Debs on the Road in 1905 (19-05)

I was planning on writing this week about the Berger Affair of 1904-05, an interesting albeit arcane bit of Socialist Party history, or maybe about the founding convention of the IWW. However, as luck would have it — and let … Continue reading

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The IWW Speeches of 1905 and the New Jersey Unity Conference (19-04)

The Debs Pamphlets of 1905 One of the most annoying things about Debs: His Life, Writings, and Speeches — the 1908 campaign-related collection of Debs articles, public addresses, and biographical testimonials from whence all previous Debs selected works collections prior … Continue reading

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Near It But Not In It: Gene Debs and Early Preparation for the IWW (19-03)

When the smoke clears the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), organized in 1905, will emerge as the longest-lived radical organization in American history. Admittedly, the tiny self-described “revolutionary industrial union” still has a couple decades to putter along before … Continue reading

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Publishing a Book (19-02)

I was going to write about Eugene V. Debs and his relationship to the Industrial Workers of the World this week — the first major topic of volume 4 of his selected works reflected in the book’s working title, Red … Continue reading

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Back in the Harness (19-01)

This marks the beginning of the third year of the Debs project. By now I have the preparation cycle pretty well figured out, kicking off research the first week of February and getting into final compilation and writing mode around … Continue reading

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The Election of 1904 (18-26)

Gene Debs seems to have embraced his role as presidential nominee of the Socialist Party in 1904 less grudgingly than he did four years previously. He delivered an acceptance speech to the SPA’s nominating convention in May, sat out the … Continue reading

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