Tag Archives: radicalism

Did they really read Marx?

Over the weekend I attended an excellent new book panel on Jonathan Sperber’s Karl Marx: a 19th Century Life organized by the Labor History Seminar at the Newberry Library here in Chicago.  The general thrust of Sperber’s book is to … Continue reading

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Transfixed by Distant Power

Workers gazing upward and into the distance was a key motif of sight in the art and photography of self-education. In this post, I follow this gaze to see what lies in the distance. Later I will move on to … Continue reading

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Iconography: From a Rank-and-File Wobbly

Continuing with my series on the iconography and visual culture of workers’ education, I turn now to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) monthly journal, Industrial Pioneer.  The journal was the successor to One Big Union Monthly, and was … Continue reading

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The Demand for Demands Misses the Point

Now that the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has achieved a level of respect from the mainstream media (by which I mean it’s no longer an object of knee-jerk ridicule), all the smart people are demanding that it shape up, identify … 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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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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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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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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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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