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A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs

Dynamic and beloved American radical, labor leader, and socialist Eugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party to federal and state office across the United States by the 1920s. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison on the Socialist Party ticket, receiving over 1 million votes. Debs’s life is a story of labor battles in industrializing America, of a fighting socialist politics grown directly out of the Midwest heartland, and of a distinctly American vision of socialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786636874
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 317,293
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Noah Van Sciver is an Ignatz Award–winning cartoonist. His work has appeared in SpongeBob Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Best American Comics. Van Sciver is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine and has created seven graphic novels.

Paul Buhle, formerly a Senior Lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics. He found¬ed the journal Radical America and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left.

Steve Max, a founding member of Students for Democratic Society, has been an enduring socialist activist in the Midwest Academy, the Democratic Socialists of America, and the Reform Democratic clubs of New York.

Dave Nance is a retired public interest lawyer,a musician, and a scriptwriter for nonfiction graphic novels.

Table of Contents

Time Line of Debs's Life vii

Debs: An Introduction xi

1 The Rise of Eugene V. Debs 1

2 "Debsian Socialism" 28

3 Triumph-and the Edge of Tragedy 50

4 Martyr Debs 71

5 The Debs Legacy: Norman Thomas, Michael Harrington, Bernie Sanders 96

Further Reading 129

Acknowledgments 131

List of Sustaining Contributors 132

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