Tag Archives: History

The more things change…

As a parent of two Chicago Public Schools 4th graders, I’ve had a crash course this year in urban austerity.  Teachers are trying their best, but with 31 students per class, the school library effectively closed, and district mandated testing, … Continue reading

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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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History in the Mix

We’ve all been watching and reading the denunciations, from the right and the left, of Wall Street and Obama’s alleged complicity in enriching the rich.  History has become something of a motif in these “debates.”  For instance, conservatives claim that … Continue reading

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Images and Links for my UCSB Presentation

If you’re finding this blog via my working paper “Self-Education, Radicalism, and the Authentic Organic Intellectual,” you may have a copy without links to the images mentioned in the Appendix.  So here are the images, and links to the complete … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel: Robert Minor

Robert Minor Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 2. The Labor Herald, July 1922, p. 25-26. By Robert Minor BY A childhood of poverty I was moulded for life membership in the working … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel: William Z. Foster

William Z. Foster Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 2. The Labor Herald, July 1922, p. 24-25. By Wm. Z. Foster FOR me to become a rebel was an easy, natural course. My … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 2. The Labor Herald, July 1922, pp. 23-24. By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn It is difficult to say how, when or where our rebellious spirits … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel, Part 2

The Labor Herald, July 1922 Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie This post begins the second set of autobiographical sketches, including Elizabeth G. Flynn, James Maurer, William Z. Foster, and Robert Minor How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 2. … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel: Lincoln Steffens

“How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 1,” The Labor Herald, June 1922, p. 24-25. By Lincoln Steffens MY approach to the social problem was political. I was a reporter, a muckraker; and I had been a college man; … Continue reading

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How I Became a Rebel: Upton Sinclair

“How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 1,” The Labor Herald, June 1922, p. 24. By Upton Sinclair WHEN I was young I was taught ideals. I was taught them very earnestly, and I took them seriously. As I … Continue reading

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William Ross Knudsen: How I Became a Rebel

“How I Became a Rebel. A Symposium. Part 1.” The Labor Herald, June 1922, pp. 23-24. By Wm. Ross Knudsen FRESH out of High School, with a bourgeois psychology and fame as a roller-skater, well dressed and with a beautiful … Continue reading

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Eugene V. Debs: How I Became a Rebel

“How I Became a Rebel, A Symposium, Part 1,” The Labor Herald, June 1922, p. 23. By Eugene V. Debs THERE was never a time in my life when I was not with the weak and poor and against the … Continue reading

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