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About carrite

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

Morris Hillquit; Ottawa, Kansas; and a new Theodore Debs letter (18-21)

What the hell does Morris Hillquit have to do with Eugene V. Debs in 1903? Not too much. The two were, after all, still just learning not to instinctively distrust one other. Debs had his people he didn’t like and … Continue reading

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What do you see? (18-20)

This was another week in which much of my attention was pulled away from Volume 3: 1897-1904 by the need to get finished with the corrected manuscript for Volume 1: 1877-1892. Last week I chose to spend most of what … Continue reading

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Spinning film and skimming books (18-19)

This is a light week for new creation for me, with the manuscript for Volume 1 needing to be totally put to bed so that the Haymarket production team can get to work doing the final page layout. Nevertheless, my … Continue reading

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Cheating Death in 1902 (18-18)

The Eugene V. Debs saga very nearly came to an end on August 2, 1902, when he was involved in a serious train crash in the middle of Alpine Tunnel, then the highest railway tunnel in North America, located 11,523 … Continue reading

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The Socialist Convention (18-17)

I am a bibliophile — a serious book collector. Yeah, that makes me a nerd, and that’s okay. I have come to terms with and embraced my nerdiness decades ago. We book nerds all have favorite books in our assemblages. … Continue reading

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Hissing Snakes (18-16)

While I was searching the digitized papers of Newspapers.com for Debs speeches of 1901 I came across an absolutely fantastic direct quote in the pages of the Chicago Inter Ocean — one of the windy city’s major dailies. It’s a … Continue reading

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“Count me out.” (18-15)

The Snap Convention of January 1901. The November 1900 elections represented the proverbial half-filled glass to the American socialist movement. On the one hand, the vote tally for Debs and the joint Social Democratic Party ticket, nearly 100,000 ballots actually … Continue reading

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