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Gouged; or, The National Crisis
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Gouged; or, The National Crisis

By [SOCIALISTS] RUSSELL, Chas. Edward

Newark: Clarion Publishing Co, [ca. 1910]. First Edition. Paperback. Text of a speech delivered at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1909 or 1910 (publication date deduced from text). Russell was an early member of the Socialist Party of America, on whose ticket he ran for Governor of New York in 1910 and 1912, and a co-founder of the NAACP in 1909. Includes seven text illustrations, unsigned. 12mo (18cm.); publisher's pictorial staplebound self-wrappers; 23pp.; cartoons throughout. Wrappers a bit rubbed at extremities, the whole quite dust-soiled, else Very Good and sound.

$75.00

What Socialism Will Really Mean to You
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What Socialism Will Really Mean to You

By [SOCIALISTS] BENJAMIN, Lawrence

Chicago: Socialist Party of the United States of America, [1936]. First Edition. Paperback. Official 1936 campaign handbook of the Socialist Party issued at the height of the Great Depression and illustrated with attractive graphics promising that "Under socialism, healthy nourishing foods...will be available in sufficient quantities for all, and all useful producers will have a sufficiency of money, with which they will be able to buy them." Eight physical copies in OCLC as of November, 2018; not mentioned in Egbert. Folio tabloid format (41cm.); publisher's photo-illustrated staplebound wrappers; 15pp.; illus. throughout, including photographs, charts, and cartoons. Extremities rather worn and brittle due to poor paperstock, horizontal mail fold with small loss mid-fold affecting text without loss of sense, some ragged splitting at spine ends, smallish withdrawn rubberstamp of the Mooney Papers, Bancroft Library, to upper cover; an About Very Good copy of a fragile and uncommon piece.

$200.00

The Intercollegiate Socialist, Vol 1, no 1 (Feb-March 1913) and Vol. 2, no. 1 (October-November 1913)
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The Intercollegiate Socialist, Vol 1, no 1 (Feb-March 1913) and Vol. 2, no. 1 (October-November 1913)

By [SOCIALISM - PERIODICALS] LAIDLER, Harry W. (ed)

New York: The Intercollegiate Socialist Society, 1913. First Edition. Pamphlet. Official organ of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, founded by Upton Sinclair in 1905; the ISS was the earliest precursor (through two name-changes) of the Sixties radical organization Students for a Democratic Society. The Society's magazine began publication following the Socialist Party's gains in 1912, a landmark year for American socialists during which many public intellectuals joined the cause and the Party's Presidential candidate, Eugene Debs, received nearly a million popular votes, the best showing ever for a Socialist candidate. Thereafter the Party's recruiting efforts stepped up considerably, with many new publications appearing in 1912 and 1913. The inaugural issue has a cover by radical cartoonist Art Young; contents include a mission statement of the I.S.S. by Upton Sinclair; articles by William English Walling and W.H. Ghent; and proceedings of the Society's fourth annual convention in New York. Second issue includes a recruiting article by the prominent woman socialist and Wellesley professor Vida Scudder, author of the Rideout-listed socialist romance A Listener in Babel (1903). Other contributors include Albert Edwards and Ernest Poole (both also Rideout-listed novelists). The publication continued until 1919, when the name was changed to The Socialist Review. A key Socialist Party periodical; not particularly scarce institutionally, but rather uncommon in the trade, especially in original wrappers. GOLDWATER 106. Staple-bound digest (23cm); printed thick paper wrappers; 28pp. Covers heavily soiled; brief tears into text margins; just Good. Ink "SAMPLE" hand-stamp to front wrapper of second issue.

$150.00

Original Panoramic Photograph: Delegates to the 16th National Convention of the Socialist Party, April 15, 1928

By [SOCIALIST PARTY] SPIESS, William (photographer)

New York: Spiess Studio, 1928. Ephemera. Scarce panoramic photo, captured on the third day of this momentous convention of the Socialist Party, the first to be held following the death of Eugene Debs in 1926 and the first to nominate Norman Thomas as the Party's candidate for President. Thomas (who is visible at center-right of this panorama) would be so nominated for the next five Presidential elections in a row, making him one of the most prolific also-rans in American presidential history. This convention also marked the beginning of a factional split that would greatly diminish the Party's influence through the decade to come, as a younger, "militant" wing of the Party sought increasingly to distance itself from the "Old Guard" socialists who had come to prominence during the first two decades of the century under the leadership of Debs. An excellent and uncommon photograph, capturing the Socialist Party of America in the twilight of its golden age. Original (vintage) silver-gelatin print, ca 8" x 35" (image area 6-1/2" x 33"). In contemporary (possibly original) glazed frame. Sight condition fine but for one small poorly-developed area at left side of image, partially obscuring the faces of three subjects (not examined outside of frame). Captioned in image, with studio mark in image lower right.

$500.00

The Red Book for Education and Organization. A Study Course for Party Members and Locals, Designed to Strengthen the Organization Through Education of the Membership, Upon Whose Fitness and Qualifications All Real Progress Must Depend
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The Red Book for Education and Organization. A Study Course for Party Members and Locals, Designed to Strengthen the Organization Through Education of the Membership, Upon Whose Fitness and Qualifications All Real Progress Must Depend

By [SOCIALISM - SOCIALIST PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA] TILTON, Ira C.

Reading, PA: The Socialist Party of Pennsylvania, 1913. First Edition. Pamphlet. Scarce organizational pamphlet, intended to build on the Socialist Party's advances in the 1912 general elections. Following a general introduction to parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules, the text is divided into 52 sections, under such headings as "The Class Struggle," "The Socialist Plan of Attack," "Poverty," "The Social Evil," etc.; with questions and answers arranged in catechism form. Text concludes with the Socialist Party platform of 1912. The author, Ira Tilton, was an Indiana socialist organizer and journalist, proprietor of the Valparaiso Social Educator from 1911-1913; his approach to social pedagogy may be summed up in this statement from the Introduction: "It is generally agreed that healthy informed minds think alike just as nearly as healthy eyes see alike." The obvious corollary is left unstated. This title uncommon; OCLC notes 5 locations. Octavo (19.5cm). Staple-bound thick paper wrappers; 72pp. Mild cover rubbing and soil; Very Good.

$150.00

Debs and the Poets [Presentation Copy, Inscribed to A. Mitchell Palmer]
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Debs and the Poets [Presentation Copy, Inscribed to A. Mitchell Palmer]

By [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] LE PRADE, Ruth (editor); SINCLAIR, Upton (introduction)

Pasadena: Upton Sinclair, 1920. First Edition. Hardcover. Poems honoring socialist leader Eugene Debs by a variety of radical 20th century poets including Witter Bynner, Max Eastman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Carl Sandburg, Siegfried Sassoon, Horace Traubel, and Israel Zangwill, many others. Sinclair contributed the foreword, along with letters from H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw (who states: "Clearly the White House is the only safe place for an honest man like Debs"). A key association copy inscribed to Palmer, who served as Attorney General under Woodrow Wilson from 1919-1921. As a reaction to domestic unrest, Palmer created the General Intelligence Unit in 1919, recruiting J. Edgar Hoover to lead the new organization. During the First Red Scare (1919-1920), the "Palmer Raids" were launched, which resulted in numerous suspected radicals to be rounded up and deported. During the final weeks of Wilson's time in office, Palmer requested a Presidential pardon for an aging Debs, whose health was deteriorating in prison; Wilson's response was "Never!" Octavo (18.75cm); maroon cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; [ii],99,[11]pp. With a full-page contemporary inscription from Le Prade to U.S. Attorney General A. Michell Palmer on the front endpaper: "To A. Mitchell Palmer - The poets of the world appeal to you for the liberation of Eugene V. Debs. - Sincerely / Ruth Le Prade / Editor of "Debs and the Poets" / "Glad witness to your zeal for God and love of man I bear." - Whittier / December 25, 1920." Gentle sunning to spine, hint of dustiness to upper edge of textblock, else Near Fine and clean throughout.

$1500.00

Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr) [Inscribed]
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Talks With Debs in Terre Haute (and Letters from Lindlahr) [Inscribed]

By [SOCIALISM] KARSNER, David

New York: The New York Call, 1922. First Edition. Hardcover. A journal kept by Karsner while assisting Debs in the preparation of a series of articles after his release from prison. "Before leaving New York the thought occurred to me to keey a diary while with Debs, but I soon discovered that this scheme was scarcely possible because of the pressure of work upon me. Still, I was reluctant to neglect the opportunity to portray Debs to the public through his spoken word, so I yielded to my desire to jot down notes of our talks and to record incidents in our daily contact for thirty days - the time required to complete his dozen or more prison articles" (p.10). Scarce in dustjacket. First Printing. Octavo (18cm); pale blue vertically-ribbed cloth, with printed title labels on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 221,[3]pp, with photographic frontispiece portrait of Debs. Warmly inscribed by Karsner to author and drama critic Walter Prichard Eaton on the front endpaper: "For Walter Prichard Eaton, whose pen is true, whose heart is warm, whose hand is fraternal / From David Karsner / New York / January 20, 1923." Light wear to spine ends, touch of dust-soil to upper edge of textblock, else Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, lightly dusty, with some mild external wear and a few tiny losses to spine ends.

$250.00

Out of Work [drop title]
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Out of Work [drop title]

By [SOCIALISTS] KIRKPATRICK, George A. [sic?]

[Brooklyn: Socialist Party, 18th Assembly District, 1932]. Paperback. Octavo (23.5cm.); bifolium; illus. Uniformly toned, previous horizontal fold with brief splitting, else Very Good and sound. Short promotional flyer issued by the local Brooklyn Socialist Party, with the subtitle "Crops Rot, Machines Lie Idle--Why Must Humans Suffer Want?" Authorship by a "George A. Kirkpatrick," though almost certainly George Ross Kirkpatrick, the Socialist anti-militarist. (See OCLC no. 9434229 for a near-identical item authored by "George R. Kirkpatrick.").

$75.00

Some Anti-Socialist Voices of the Press on Victor L. Berger, Representative of the Fifth Wisconsin District, and His Work in Congress
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Some Anti-Socialist Voices of the Press on Victor L. Berger, Representative of the Fifth Wisconsin District, and His Work in Congress

By MILWAUKEE COUNTY SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

Milwaukee: Social-Democratic Publishing Co, n.d. but ca. 1913. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's staplebound wrappers; 63pp.; illus. throughout, including photographs. Wrappers rather toned and chipped along extremities, textblock slightly cockled and cleanly separated from binding; Good to Very Good overall. Collected articles on the political career of Victor L. Berger, founding member of the Social Democratic Party of America, and the first Socialist to be elected to the House of Representatives.

$25.00

Ich Klage An! Friedrich Adler's Grosse Rede vor Gericht
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Ich Klage An! Friedrich Adler's Grosse Rede vor Gericht

By ADLER, Friedrich

Chicago: Herausgegeben von der Deutschen Sprachgruppe der Sozialistischen Partei der Vereinigten Staaten, [1918]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (17.5cm.); publisher's grey staplebound wrappers; 43pp. Minor wear from handling, else Very Good or better. First American appearance of Austrian socialist Friedrich Adler's courtroom speech during his trial for the 1916 assassination of Karl von Stürgk. Issued by the German branch of the Socialist Party of the United States of America.

$75.00

Silence!
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Silence!

By [SOCIALISM] KIRKPATRICK, George R. [Ross]

Chicago: The Socialist Party, [1924]. First Edition. Ephemera. A scathing broadside against not only the phenomenon of "pyramided wealth" among America's plutocrat class (Ford and Rockefeller are singled out as especially egregious cases), but against the "intellectual prostitutes" -- preachers, priests, lecturers, college professors, entertainers and other apologists for Capitalism -- whose propaganda creates a populace "...mentally helpless, confused, swamped in ignorance on the subject of industrial justice...thus brain-darkened, they toil on till death, contented in that ignorance; and all their lives they thoughtlessly repeat the cunning fraud, 'Rewards are determined by brains and ability andhard work' - as thoughtlessly as a parrot repeats 'Polly wants a cracker'..." Undated, but likely issued during Kirkpatrick's brief tenure as the Socialist Party's Director of Literature in 1924-25. An unusually (and refreshingly) strident anti-Capitalist polemic from a comparatively fallow period of American radicalism. Very scarce; only one non-microform holding found in OCLC (Wisconsin Hist. Soc.) as of 2018. Quarto bifolium (30cm; 4pp); leaflet printed in black on newsprint. Horizontal folds (probably as issued); paper slightly toned, with tiny perforations at folded edge; Very Good. Illustrated with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Henry Ford on front page; caricature of a gagged college professor at centerfold, signed "McLeod."

$150.00

Debs: His Authorized Life and Letters
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Debs: His Authorized Life and Letters

By [SOCIALISM - DEBS] KARSNER, David

New York: Boni & Liveright, 1919. First Edition. Hardcover. Standard biography, written during the 1920 Presidential campaign in which Debs ran as a candidate from his jail cell in Atlanta's Woodstock Prison (and still polled nearly a million votes). Forbidden by his jailers to write, Debs reputedly composed the book's introduction verbally while Karsner transcribed it. Offers a detailed (though partisan) account of Debs's arrest and imprisonment for opposing U.S. entry in to the First World War, with additional chapters on his early career as a trade unionist and co-founder of the American Socialist Party. Rarely seen in dustwrapper. Small octavo (19cm). Maroon cloth boards; dustjacket; frontispiece portrait; ix,244pp. Shallow chip to cloth at base of spine, else a tight, well-preserved copy in the very uncommon pictorial dustwrapper. Jacket with brief losses at head and heel of spine panel (not approaching text), mild abrasions to front panel, and mild overall soil but still a Very Good example. Ownership signature of California historian and author Charles Elmer Upton.

$250.00

Elements of Socialism. A Text-Book
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Elements of Socialism. A Text-Book

By SPARGO, John and George Louis Arner

New York: Macmillan Company, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. A text-book for intermediate undergraduate instruction, with review questions at the end of each chapter. Spargo was a prominent American socialist, later noted for his staunch anti-Bolshevism. Octavo (19cm.); maroon cloth lettered in gilt; [2],iv,382,[3]pp. Light shelf wear, spine gilt a bit dulled, else Very Good or better.

$25.00

Elements of Socialism. A Text-Book
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Elements of Socialism. A Text-Book

By SPARGO, John and George Louis Arner

New York: Macmillan Company, 1913. Reprint. Hardcover. A text-book for intermediate undergraduate instruction, with review questions at the end of each chapter. Spargo was a prominent American socialist, later noted for his staunch anti-Bolshevism. Octavo (19cm.); maroon cloth lettered in gilt; [2],iv,382,[3]pp. Light shelf wear, shallow dent at top edge of upper cover, else Very Good and sound.

$20.00

[Text in Yiddish] Yudzshin Debs: A mayse fun a mentshn
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[Text in Yiddish] Yudzshin Debs: A mayse fun a mentshn

By [SOCIALISTS] GROSS, Naftoli

[New York: Workmen's Circle], 1933. Hardcover. Cloth issue. Slim octavo (20.5cm.); original blue cloth, green pictorial plate printed in black, blue, and orange mounted to upper cover; photographic illus. throughout. Front hinge broken, some soil spots throughout textblock. About Very Good. Short young readers' biography of Eugene Debs, issued by the Workmen's Circle [Arbeiter Ring], a still-extant Jewish non-profit organization first founded in 1900 by Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe.

$75.00

How to Organize, Conduct and Maintain the "S.S.S." [Socialist Schools of Science, sometimes familiarly called Socialist Sunday Schools]
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How to Organize, Conduct and Maintain the "S.S.S." [Socialist Schools of Science, sometimes familiarly called Socialist Sunday Schools]

By [SOCIALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS] KRUSE, William F.

Chicago: Socialist Party, Young People's Department, n.d., ca. 1910. First Edition. Paperback. 32mo (15.5cm.); staplebound self-wrappers; 15pp. Near Fine. Organizational pamphlet by the Director of the Party's Young People's Department. Not in EGBERT. OCLC locates 5 copies as of May, 2018, at the Chicago History Museum, Kansas, Michigan State, Balch Institute, and Brigham Young.

$100.00

Bleter fun Mayn Leben. Vol 1: in der alter heym [Inscribed copy]
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Bleter fun Mayn Leben. Vol 1: in der alter heym [Inscribed copy]

By [SOCIALISTS] CAHAN, Abraham

Nyu York [New York]: "Forverts" Asosieyshon, 1926. First Edition. Leather_bound. Uncommon signed copy of Cahan's monumental autobiography, this initial volume chronicling his childhood and young adulthood in Lithuania up to his arrival in New York in 1882. Cahan (1860-1951) was unquestionably the most influential Jewish-American intellectual of his time, reaching, through his editorship of The Jewish Daily Forward, a daily audience of millions of Yiddish-speaking readers and establishing that paper's reputation as one of the leading voices of socialism in the United States. Octavo (22cm). Gilt-decorated russia over boards; 515pp; 16 inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones). Generically inscribed ("With Compliments") by Cahan on front endpaper. Bit of erosion to spine ends and board exteremities; still a tight, VG or better copy. First volume of Cahan's autobiography, which appeared in five volumes between 1926 and 1931.

$500.00

Letters to Judd, an American Workingman
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Letters to Judd, an American Workingman

By SINCLAIR, Upton

Pasadena: Upton Sinclair, [1926]. First Edition. Hardcover. AHOUSE A38. One of Sinclair's most widely distributed tracts, republished during the EPIC campaign and again after World War II. Slim octavo (21.5cm.); original dark red cloth lettered in black; [2],64pp. Spine sunned, light shelf wear, else Very Good and sound.

$25.00

Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook of Railroad Information
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Railroad Melons, Rates, and Wages: A Handbook of Railroad Information

By RUSSELL, Charles Edward

Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, [1922]. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in white dust jacket printed in dark blue; 332pp. Jacket toned, extremities rather chipped and worn with a number of closed tears, spine crown partially separated but present. Near Fine in About Very Good jacket. Criticism of the railroad companies by the Socialist co-founded of the NAACP.

$25.00

Groans of the People
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Groans of the People

By EALER, Rev. [pseud. Jacob Rubin]

New York: "The Light" Pub. Co, [1912]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (16.75cm.); original drab printed staplebound card wrappers; [2],62pp. Old ink stain to upper cover, else About Fine. Uncommon piece of socialist propaganda--the author wants to start a "People's National Business Co."--which begins in the form of a parable. Not in EBERT.

$75.00

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