Charles H. Kerr Company

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Chicago labor and socialist publishing house founded in 1886 by Charles Hope Kerr.

The firm is best known for its editions of socialist classics, including the first American Enlish language edition of Karl Marx's Das Kapital, and its periodical, the International Socialist Review. Kerr authors included such well-known radicals as Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, Jack London, Mary E. Marcy, Joe Hill, Clarence Darrow, Sen Katayama, Antonio Labriola, V.I. Lenin, Frederich Engels, Leon Trotsky, Carl Sandburg, Ralph Chaplin, and Arturo M. Giovannitti. With the retirement of Charles Kerr in 1928, John Keracher, active in socialist, communist, and Marxist organizations and a founder of the Proletarian Party, took charge and combined the offices of the Kerr Company and Proletarian Party. The firm was later managed by Al Wysocki (1953-1971); Fred Thompson, Burton Rosen, Virgil Vogel, and Irving Abrams; and Franklin and Penelope Rosemont (1983-ongoing).

From the description of Charles H. Kerr Company records, 1885-1999. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 54886588

Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Abrams, Irving S., 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Carwardine, William H. 1855-1929 person
associatedWith Debs, Eugene V. 1855-1926 person
associatedWith Emarcy, Mary. person
associatedWith Giganti, Joe. person
associatedWith Haywood, Big Bill, 1869-1928 person
associatedWith Industrial Workers of the World. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Mother, 1837-1930 person
associatedWith Keracher, John. person
associatedWith Kerr, Charles H., b. 1860. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Proletarian Party of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Proletarian Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Reitman, Ben L. 1879-1942. person
associatedWith Rosemont, Franklin. person
associatedWith Rosen, Burton. person
associatedWith Seidel, Emil person
associatedWith Sheridan, Jack. person
associatedWith Socialist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Thompson, Fred, 1900-1987. person
associatedWith Tresca, Carlo, 1879-1943 person
associatedWith Vogel, Virgil J. person
associatedWith Walden, May, 1865-1960. person
associatedWith Wysocki, Al. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago (Ill.)
United States
Socialism--History--20th century--Sources
Publishers and publishing--Political aspects--History--20th century--Sources
Publishers and publishing--Records and correspondence
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Active 1885

Active 1999



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