- Series: The Working Class in American History
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 2nd edition (March 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252074521
- ISBN-13: 978-0252074523
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist (The Working Class in American History) 2nd Edition
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"In this stunning book, Salvatore sets Debs firmly within the central traditions of United States political and social history and depicts, as never before, the triumph and tragedy that characterized the socialist leader's personal and public life."
--American Historical Review
"Nick Salvatore's biography is very solid work. . . . The Debs who emerges is a flawed human being--very flawed--yet an extraordinary person: a man deficient in self-knowledge, as public figures usually are, but also a great tribune."
--New York Review of Books
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The book is divided into four main sections. The first discusses early life in his home town of Terre Haute, a microcosm of working class towns throughout America. Here he became involved with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and grew critical of industrial capitalism.
In the second section Debs took part in the Pullman strike and was sentenced to federal prison, where he spent much of his time reading, discussing, and learning about socialism. Upon his release from jail he helped found the forerunner to the Socialist Party of America.
In the third section Debs ran for president five times, the number of votes increasing with each campaign. The section also discusses Debs' greater acceptance of African Americans and women in his ideas for a socialist economy.
The final section sums up Debs' life. Sent to prison again, he ran for president for a fifth time from jail, winning 913,693 votes, the most ever for a Socialist Party candidate and the most votes of his career.
Debs was an impassioned human who fought for what he truly believed in. One issue was the book left me with some questions. What was the American consensus on Debs at this time?Read more ›
This book gives a personal outlook about Debs and shines a spotlight on his humanitarianism. Salvatore highlights Debs’ great oratory skills and his approachability, Debs was able to organize people of all backgrounds, whether they were socialist or not. Salvatore writes this book from a historiographical point of view. He speaks to Debs positive qualities as well as his inconsistencies. Over all, this book is a chronological and analytical book because it follows Debs’ life from personal to political origins. Then it analyzes his effect and impact on democracy in his time. This book is an analysis of Debs’ understanding of republicanism from a Jeffersonian point of view. Salvatore notes that this encompassing concept of democracy was appealing to many people and still is today.
The thesis of this book is presenting Debs as a person who was shaped by the society around him. Debs’ was shaped by the rapid growth of industrial capitalism and thus was trying implement socialism to help combat the ills associated with capitalism. This book contributes to a new understanding of Debs as a labor organizer.Read more ›
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Interesting to read about American Socialism in light of the current election.Published 5 months ago by Marjory Otoole
one of the best books ever written by a American historian about a true American patriot.Published 22 months ago by Liznola