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Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist (The Working Class in American History)

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In this classic book, Nick Salvatore offers a major reevaluation of Eugene V. Debs, the movements he launched, and his belief in American Socialism as an extension of the nation's democratic traditions.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by University of Illinois Press (Urbana) (first published 1982)
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Erik Graff
Jan 22, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I was a long-time member of the Socialist Party. One of the reasons was familial. Father and his father had both belonged. Another was because two of my heroes, Norman M. Thomas and Eugene V. Debs, had belonged. When I was young, Thomas was still around. I recall reading about his death one day while in our high school's in-school suspension lock-up where I had been spending a week's sentence for political crimes. As I got older Debs gradually came to supercede Thomas. I still, even after having ...more
I've been interested in Debs for a long time, especially since moving to Indiana and learning that he was a native son. Indiana in general would rather claim Hoagy Carmicheal, Michael Jackson, Benjamin Harrison, and Abraham Lincoln than a socialist labor organizer like Debs, but we should be very proud of him. Salvatore writes as a historian, not a partisan, and tries to show Debs in his weak moments as well as his glorious ones, and evaluates his strengths as a leader, organizer, and speaker, b ...more
David Bates
Labor historians sometimes go to great lengths to ground their protagonists in American thought and conditions rather than European socialist ideology. This arises both from a desire to dispel the smear that their subjects were ideologically foreign agitators and from the conviction that social thought and actions are the product of economic structure. Grounding perennial Socialist candidate Eugene Debs in American life is the central focus of Nick Salvatore’s 1982 biography Eugene Debs: Citizen ...more
Mark Bowles
Nick Salvatore, Eugene V. Debs; Citizen and Socialist (1982)
1. Discusses the triumph and tragedy of the socialist leaders personal and public life
2. Explores the first generation of American radicals who had to grapple with the emergence of modern corporate capitalism
Nick Buck
Thorough and balanced. One of the most even-handed biographies I've read. The narrative wasn't the most engaging, but the topic should take care of that. Wonderfully done. That every American doesn't know about Debs, especially every Hoosier, is a tragedy.
A well-written biography that gives unique insight into the person and work of Eugene Debs, one of the most influential leaders in the early American Socialist movement.
Debs is one of my favorite historical figures. The fifth star is withheld because the only thing better than reading ABOUT Debs, is reading his actual speeches, which are also available. But hey...owning both (and one more biography, too) can't hurt.
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John Hively
This was a brilliant book. Salvatore paints a wonderful, detailed picture of Debs and his times.
Danielle Brooks
his progression from passionate to reformer was amazing. i hope to be that person one day.
Thomas Baughman
This is one of the best historical biograpies written in the last 30 years.
A life-changing read for me.
excellent biography of Debs
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