An extensive compilation of articles, speeches, press statements, and open letters by American socialist Eugene V. Debs, this book is the first in a six volume series that assembles much of Debs’s work for the first time in a single place. The collection makes readily accessible approximately 150 documents by one of the pivotal figures in the labor movement. Illuminating nineteenth century working-class history, particularly the complex and shifting situation in the transportation industry, this volume provides a basis for deeper understanding of Debs and his role later during the glory days of the Socialist Party of America.
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
“Debs, the true 'Aristocrat of Labor,' was the singular worker-intellectual who might have done almost anything he wanted. That he chose to sacrifice himself to labor solidarity in the Pullman Strike is, then, all the more remarkable, a dramatic prelude for the life that followed. Editors Tim Davenport and David Walters are to be congratulated and thanked for their earnest efforts.” —Labor: Studies in Working Class History