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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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Home stretch (18-25)

I’m heading down the home stretch on document compilation and putting on a final kick for the finish line. No time to blog. It will probably take me one week past my Aug. 1 soft deadline to get finished, judging … Continue reading

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Survey of the Debs Correspondence (18-24)

  I spent an hour this week on the deck with a cigar and a beer reviewing the published Debs correspondence for 1897 to 1904, the time period that is covered in Selected Works Volume 3. There are a couple … Continue reading

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Halftime (18-23)

Two decades ago my best friend from college and I went out to lunch in Corvallis. We had both recently turned 35 and that served as the occasion — half of the biblical “three score and ten.” I don’t precisely … Continue reading

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