Tag Archives: free speech

Sex, Captions, and Digital History

Exhibit-making does not rate as highly as article- and book-writing in orthodox academic history.  That’s an unfortunate fact of life.  But as I wrapped up a long overdue online exhibit project this past summer, I was reminded of the things … 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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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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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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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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How about a little poetry?

Present Day Robbers by William Henry Huff I’d rather live in “Bughouse” square Where ragged men are ranting Than in that mansion over there Where gardener men are planting Those lovely shrubs and stately trees For one who takes the … Continue reading

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A different view of the Dill Pickle Club

From Federal Bureau of Investigation Case Files, Old German Files, #22752 (online access). Report Made By:  P. P. Mindak Chicago, ILL. Sept. 8, 1919 In re: “Dill Pickle Club,” Anarchist Matter. AT CHICAGO: One S. G. Fleming, who rooms at … Continue reading

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A glimpse inside the Dill Pickle Club

Chicago Daily Tribune, March 31, 1919, p. 17. WELL, LOOK WHO HAS COME BACK, AND WHAT FOR! Parker H. Sercombe, “exponent of right living,” remembered for his run-in with the school board, returned to Chicago last night and appeared before … Continue reading

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Flowing black ties and wavy hair to match

This post begins a series of documents on Chicago open forums in honor of the annual Bughouse Square Debates. Chicago Daily Tribune, November 12, 1916, p. 4 “REDS” RECALL HANGING WITH SOCIAL EVENT Meeting at East End Hall Attended by … Continue reading

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Free Speech in Chicago: July 26, 2008

Over at my old stomping grounds, the Newberry Library will be hosting its annual Bughouse Square Debates on July 26, 2008. If you’re in Chicago you should plan to be there. Each year the library closes off Walton Street and … Continue reading

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