EUGENE DEBS: American Socialist by Anne Terry White

EUGENE DEBS: American Socialist

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A saint's life of Eugene Victor Debs. . .that (unintentionally) manages to make the almost universally respected Debs seem like a pompous fool. Anne Terry White has the facts right, including Debs' very brief employment with the railroads, his early conservatism and initially reluctant involvement in the Pullman strike. Nevertheless she consistently fastens on the most naive aspects of Debs' politics -- reducing his idealism to Pavlovian slavering at the mere mention of the word ""brotherhood"" -- and dwells overmuch on the tributes of others (like those fellow prison inmates who called him the ""little Jesus"") without giving us enough of the real man and his accomplishments to justify them. Thin and overindulgent.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1975
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Lawrence Hill