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The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debsby Ray Ginger
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Let the people take heart and hope everywhere, for the cross is bending, the midnight is passing, and joy cometh with the morning.—Eugene Debs in 1918
Orator, organizer, self-taught scholar, presidential candidate, and prisoner, Eugene Debs lifelong commitment to the fight for a better world is chronicled in this unparalleled biography by historian Ray Ginger. This moving story presents the definitive account of the life and legacy of the most eloquent spokesperson and leader of the U.S. labor and socialist movements.
With a new introduction by Mike Davis.
The best biography of Eugene Debs yet published .A valuable contribution to the history of American political and economic radicalism.”
—American Historical Review
The Bending Cross offers us an old-fashioned—and, yes, incorrigibly romantic—ethos for activism; an antidote to jaded postmodernist cynicism, made compelling and coherent by the example of Debss own life. It is ironic that the Socialist leader was imprisoned for disloyalty, since what most distinguished Debs was his moral steadfastness and unbreakable loyalty to the labor movement.”
—Mike Davis, from the Introduction
Book News Annotation:
This is a paperbound reprint of a well-regarded 1940s biography of American railroad organizer, socialist leader, and five-time presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs. While clearly in admiration of Debs, Ginger (formerly of Harvard U. and Brandeis U.) is not entirely uncritical. Yet, as New Left historian Mike Davis notes in a new introduction, Debs's "excess of rhetorical sentimentality (and occasionally drink) hardly detracts from the moral grandeur of his defiant stands or the strategic clarity of his synthesis of industrial unionism and left-wing socialism." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The classic biography of Debs, one of the most important thinkers and activists in US.
About the Author
Ray Ginger was the author of many books on American history. Mike Davis is the author of many books on American politics, the environment and urban issues, including the bestselling Ecology of Fear.
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