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About carrite

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

Across Iowa in Debs’s Red Special (19-17)

Well, I promised that weekly blog posts would be things of the past last week, and wouldn’t you know it, a perfect bit fell into my hands — a clipping from the Debs scrapbooks that won’t make the cut as … Continue reading

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Red Special Across America (19-16)

The Socialist Party’s 1908 campaign train, the so-called “Red Special,” departed from Chicago on the morning of August 31. The rail effort would run continuously until its final termination in Debs’s hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana on November 2 — … Continue reading

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The SLP – SP Unity Drive of 1908 (19-15)

Throughout his life, Debs had little proclivity to participate in the day-to-day affairs of party politics. While his beloved brother and closest political associate, Theodore, had done a stint as chief executive of the Social Democratic Party based in Chicago, … Continue reading

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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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