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Selected Works of Debs,
Vol IV

This volume includes a lengthy introduction by the editors and copious illustrations, most of which are published here for the first time.

Volume 4: Red Union, Red Paper, Red Train, 1905–1910 gathers for the first time approximately 180 articles, speeches, letters, and interviews from the prime years of American socialist and labor leader Eugene V. Debs. These include materials relating to some of the great events for which the Indiana orator is best remembered: the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World (the red union), his move from freelance oratory to employment on the staff of the mass circulation Appeal to Reason (the red paper), and his coast-to-coast 1908 campaign for president of the United States aboard the legendary Socialist Red Special (the red train).

These were years of bitter struggle between concentrated capital and the fragmented and exploited labor movement. The period was marked by the illegal arrest and secretive extradition of Western Federation of Miners officials Charles H. Moyer and William D. Haywood in 1906 and the sensational legal proceedings which followed—activity which garnered Debs's full commitment for more than a year.

  • "Tim Davenport and David Walters have given us, as they did with the first volume of the series, a real treasure, and a restoration." —Paul Buhle, for

    "Gene Debs tirelessly urged the self-organization of working people in the United States as their only sure road to freedom. His role in the formation of the Socialist Party particularly provides lessons for our day." —Mark Lause

Other books Edited by Tim Davenport and David Walters

  • The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs Vol. III

    This massive six volume set gathers together the most important spoken and written words of Debs for the first time, allowing a deeper understanding of radical political opposition in America during the first quarter of the twentieth century.

  • The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs Volume II

    Eugene V. Debs Selected Works will provide activists and scholars with a definitive trove of his best work that remains readable, informative, and inspiring.


  • The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs, Vol. I

    An extensive compilation of articles, speeches, press statements, and open letters by American socialist Eugene V. Debs.

  • The American Exceptionalism of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940

    Few figures in the history of the American Left can claim a more significant and yet contradictory legacy as Jay Lovestone.

    Lovestone and his...