At the risk of shoehorning every anniversary or holiday into a Debs Dispatch post, I thought I’d bring you an excerpt in honor of MLK’s death anniversary tomorrow. It’s taken from Sylvie Laurent’s fascinating book King and the Other America, which looks at the oft-forgotten Poor…
I’ve always found it tragic that we don’t have any audio of Eugene Debs’s voice. What was so resonant, so stirring to audiences — its timbre, its pitch…
I just came across this and thought I’d share: Debs, in one of his final articles, using the Osage murders to excoriate the crimes committed against…
Cold. Ostentatious. Hostile to socialist politics. Kate Debs, Eugene’s wife, has gotten a bad rap. With few exceptions, historians and biographers have…
Eugene Debs revered John Brown as “history’s greatest hero,” a man who saw an unspeakable horror and tried to dash it from the world. In October 1908…
Research can be a slog — endless scrolling through obscure newspapers, mind-numbing traversals of microfilm, dead end after dead end. But sometimes you…
I just came across a gem of a Debs article and figured I’d share it as New Years treat. Published in May 1923 in the black socialist magazine The…
In recent months, I’ve put writing on the back burner and focused on plumbing the archives, both digital and physical. Two subjects have consumed my…
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