Every so often I come across a bit of historical text that I find particularly compelling or thought provoking for my research project. I don’t transcribe all of them, but over time I’ve compiled a few here.
H. Dubreuil, Robots or Men? A French Workman’s Experience in American Industry, translated by Frances and Mason Merrill (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1930).
Adelheid Popp, The Autobiography of a Working Woman (1913)
I was continually with my thoughts in quite another world
Two points of view struggled for supremacy in me
Eugene Debs, William Z. Foster, Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Flynn and others, How I Became a Rebel, The Labor Herald (1922)
- Short autobiographies from labor and radical organizers and intellectuals.
Hourwich and Taylor, eds., I Am A Woman Worker: A Scrapbook of Autobiographies (1936)
The Idea that “what happened to me” is important
That night I had dreams of the mill
A symbol both of Revolution and elegance
Richard Wright, Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth (1945)
What Does Reading Do?
To Dream the Dreams the State Said Were Wrong
Cheap pulp tales enlarged my knowledge of the world
On Workers and Intellectuals
“The Working Girl and Labor Education,”First National Conference on Workers Education in the United States(1921).
“Unionizing the Brain Worker,”Labor Age (1922).
“Labor and Its Allies: 20th Century Intellectuals,” George P. Hedley, ed., Lessons from Labor History (1940).
“Relations within the Class,” English Lessons On History of Labor Movements, Works Progress Administration of South Carolina (c. 1938).