Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary, 1855-1926

Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary, 1855-1926

Bernard Sanders FW05571 / FH 5571

Trade unionist Eugene V. Debs was a major organizer of the American Railway Union and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). A socialist political leader, he received almost one million votes in his campaign for President of the United States in 1916, even while he was imprisoned for his opposition to World War I. Summarizing his own philosophy, he told his sentencing judge, “…Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things…while there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” A young Bernard (Bernie) Sanders wrote and directed this spoken word release about Debs’ legacy in 1979, as part of his work for the American People’s Historical Society. Shortly thereafter, he began his own political career, which would take him from the mayor’s office of Burlington, Vermont, in 1981, to the U.S. Senate in 2006. A complete transcript of the recording is included in liner notes.

Year Released 1979
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1979 Folkways Records
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Instructional; Spoken word; United States History; World history

Download Liner Notes

101 Introduction Bernard Sanders 1:42
102 An Overview of Eugene V. Debs Bernard Sanders 3:43
103 Debs View of America Bernard Sanders 1:26
104 Why Support the Socialist Party? Bernard Sanders 1:41
105 Democrats, Republicans, and Capitalists Bernard Sanders 4:02
201 The Early Background of Eugene Debs Bernard Sanders 1:15
202 The Formation and Fall of the American Railway Union Bernard Sanders 3:55
203 Internalizing Socialist Thought Bernard Sanders 2:04
204 Debs for President Bernard Sanders 2:22
205 The Speech That Sent Debs to Jail Bernard Sanders 3:15
206 The Last Days of Eugene Debs Bernard Sanders 2:20
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