Monthly Archives: July 2008

Reviving and Gentrifying Bughouse

Tomorrow is the annual Bughouse Square Debates.  And so I end my series of historical documents with a few snippets from early efforts to revive the square’s free speech tradition. The Soapboxes of Yesteryear, June 27, 1971, Chicago Tribune, p. … Continue reading

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Soapboxing on Madison Street, July 1922

Nels Anderson, DOCUMENT 60:  Notes on an Afternoon’s Series of Talks on the Soap Box on Madison Street During a Sunday in July, 1922, no less than twenty men spoke on the box at the corner of Jefferson and Madison … Continue reading

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This looks like fun

From the Newberry Library’s Bughouse Square Debates Blog: THE DIL PICKLE CLUB TO BE REVIVED AT THE ZEBRA LOUGE Radical “Chicago Renaissance” nightspot will be resurrected by editors of Lumpen and Stop Smiling, following the Newberry Library’s Bughouse Square Debates … Continue reading

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What the Hobo Reads, c. 1922

Daniel Horsley, “What the Hobo Reads” When I write of the “hobo” I wish to define what I mean by the term.  I don’t consider a man a hobo who is down in the rut because of his own licentiousness, … Continue reading

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Proprietor of the hobo bookstore

Nels Anderson, DOCUMENT 22:  Marxian Socialist, Soap-boxer, Dogmatic and Undiplomatic, Would Educate “Slaves” Daniel Horsley is a book seller. His establishment, located at 1237 West Madison street, is the hobo book store, if there is one in the city.  Everything … Continue reading

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Bug Club vs. University of Chicago, 1921

Chicago, July 7. To the Editor of the Tribune: In direct contrast to the wonderful University of Chicago on the Midway with its wonderful buildings of stone exists the Bug club of Chicago, situated in Washington park, without any stone … Continue reading

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Touring “really ‘slummy’ places” with the ladies from Gary

Like other urban spectacles, the places and personalities associated with Bohemia were popular tourist destinations.  In this series of letters, a group of women from Gary, Indiana, arrange with Ben Reitman for a “sociological tour” of Chicago’s underworld.  By 1940, … Continue reading

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Reader Request Thread

I’ll be posting documents more frequently now that we’re getting closer to the annual Bughouse Square Debates (Saturday, July 26th, in Washington Square Park, Chicago).  If readers have any particular topics they’d like to read about (or read more of), … Continue reading

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College of Complexes, 1951

Tower Ticker, by Savage THE COLLEGE OF COMPLEXES, “Where the literati linger and the cognoscenti congregate,” held a memorial service the other night marking the 18th anniversary of the passing of the old Dil Pickle (Jack Jones, the founder, always … Continue reading

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Studs Terkel and Slim Brundage, 1967

Interview with Slim Brundage, College of Complexes “janitor,” on the “Studs Terkel Radio Program,” WFMT-FM, Chicago, 1967.  Abridged by TH.  Notes by Outspoken curatorial team.  Chicago Historical Society: Archives and Manuscripts Collection. STUDS TERKEL:  Slim is the host to all … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of “Bohemian Forums” in Chicago

“Dateless Data, or Reminiscences of ‘Bohemian Forums’ in Chicago,” in Public Forums in Chicago (Chicago: Works Projects Administration, 1940), pp. 41-42. Leander swam the Hellespont on the night of October 12, 234 B.C. at 9:30.  This bit of misinformation has … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Near Northside, August 1938

Handwritten notes of a University of Chicago investigator recounting a summer evening stroll through the Near Northside.  Lightly edited for clarity.  –TH. 8-15-38 Near North Side Bug Parks, etc. Large numbers of Filipinos were on the east side of the … Continue reading

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