How I Became a Rebel, Part 1

This post begins a series of autobiographical sketches from prominent American labor radicals of the World War I era. They appeared in The Labor Herald, published by the Trade Union Educational League, during the summer of 1922. Part 1 includes Eugene V. Debs, William Ross Knudsen, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens. Part 2 includes Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, James Maurer, William Z. Foster, and Robert Minor.

“How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 1.,” The Labor Herald, June 1922, pp. 23-26.

Editors’ note;–A fundamental part of the general revolutionary program is to make rebels; to develop men and women who have definitely broken with capitalism and who are looking forward to the establishment of a Workers’ Society. But how can such rebels be made? To throw some light on this all-important query, THE LABOR HERALD has asked prominent figures in all branches of the radical movement, to explain briefly just how, why, and under what circumstances, they became convinced that capitalism had to be done away with. The symposium will be completed in our July number.


Link to the autobiographies:

Eugene V. Debs

William Ross Knudsen

Upton Sinclair

Lincoln Steffens

How I Became a Rebel, Part 2

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