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Teddy gets all reasonable and stuff.

from Theodore Roosevelt, “Socialism, II — Where We Can Work with Socialists” (Outlook 27 March 1909). I have copied below a couple representative excerpts from part II of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1909 essay on socialism published in the Outlook in 1909.  I … Continue reading

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Fourierism and Sexuality: A Couple Thoughts on Socialism and Sexuality in 19th C. America

This is probably a useful thing to do, writing a blog post, a way to get some words on paper and, prior to that, some thoughts composed. I’m presenting a paper at the C19 conference in Berkeley in just over … Continue reading

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Haymarket Revisited, Revised

This podcast interview with Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age offers a new perspective on the Haymarket bombing of May 4, 1886.  Based on a careful review of the little-researched … Continue reading

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Proposed Paper for ASA 2012

Update 3/19/12 — this proposed paper did not make the cut for the conference in November — 166 of 350 papers submitted were accepted, according to the notification. That’s too bad, but I will continue working on this, nonetheless, beginning … Continue reading

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Play the Class Struggle Game…

From the back of a Carl Sandburg pamphlet, You and Your Job (Charles Kerr, 19??), which is available from the Eugene Debs collection at Indiana State U http://debs.indstate.edu/s2133y6_1900.pdf.  I would love to have this game and, for good measure, to … Continue reading

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Little Change in Public’s Response to ‘Capitalism,’ ‘Socialism’ | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Little Change in Public’s Response to ‘Capitalism,’ ‘Socialism’ | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Overview The recent Occupy Wall Street protests have focused public attention on what organizers see as the excesses of America’s free market … Continue reading

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List of recessions in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of recessions in the United States – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the course of my current research, I frequently encounter information about the boom and bust cycles of the American economy at the end of the 19th century, … Continue reading

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CFP: Imagining Socialism in 19th-century American Fiction

CFP: Imagining Socialism in 19th-century American Fiction Panel Proposed for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, “Prospects: A New Century” – Berkeley, CA, April 12-15 2012 http://c19americanists.org/conference/ In keeping with the conference theme of “Prospects,” I would like to propose … Continue reading

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19th c. American Novels Not as Big a Deal in 19th c. America as We Thought?

I just read John Austin’s surprisingly brief contribution (“United States, 1780-1850”) to the “Market for Novels–Some Statistical Profiles” section of Franco Moretti’s The Novel, vol. 1.  Austin begins with Lyle Wright’s significant bibliographic study, but adds to it data from later … Continue reading

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Socialist colonization plan

I’m doing a lot of reading on socialism at the turn of the 20th century in the United States, and as is usually the case when taking on a new, major project, I am just beginning to glimpse how complex … Continue reading

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