Karsner, Traubel, Debs and Trouble

Karsner, Traubel, Debs and Trouble

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BN ID: 2940015824469
Publisher: AfterMath
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Baltimore Authors , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 971 KB

About the Author

David Karsner was born on March 13, 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland. Evidently, the family was of some means at the time he was born, since President Benjamin Harrison had appointed his father to the lucrative post of general appraiser of the Port of Baltimore. Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of his parents, he was living in an orphan asylum by the end of 1900.

David Karsner began his newspaper career at the early age of seventeen by covering the stock yards of Chicago. During this period he befriended Sinclair Lewis, who was doing research for his famous book The Jungle, that is also available in AfterMath’s Baltimore Authors series. While in Chicago Karsner made the acquaintance of a number of socialist-leaning intellectuals, including Upton Sinclair, Jack London, and Carl Sandburg. Their discussions led the previously orphaned Karsner to become an advocate of socialism and to join the American Socialist Party.

Karsner later worked on the New York Tribune, The Philadelphia Ledger, the New York Daily News, the New York Post and the socialist paper, the New York Call. He also wrote a column on the demise of American Socialism in the form of an obituary. Karsner joined the editorial board of the New York Call as the editor that publication's weekend magazine section before becoming the managing editor. One of the major stories covered by Karsner during his time at The New York Call was the 1918 mass trial of 166 members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

In April 1923 Karsner resigned from the financially struggling New York Call in protest over the paper's decision to publish a critique of Russia that had been written by a member of the British secret service. Eventually, he became disaffected with what he considered to be the increasingly conservative trend of the Socialist Party, and turned to writing non-fiction, authoring biographies of President Andrew Jackson and the abolitionist, John Brown.

In addition to being a well-known socialist, David Karsner is remembered today as a writer of biographies. His 1932 best seller, Silver Dollar, told the story of Horace Austin Warner Tabor (1830-1899), who made a fortune in silver but was ruined by adventures in the gold market.

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