Ameringer, Oscar, 1870-1943

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Politician, labor organizer and journalist. Editor of "The Oklahoma Leader", "The American Guardian", "The Illinois Miner". Born in Germany, Aug. 04, 1870. Died Nov. 05, 1943.

From the description of Oscar Ameringer papers, 1909-1970, (bulk 1909-1943). (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32320790

These research materials were compiled by George Marshall, a socialist sympathizer who earned a PhD in labor economics at Columbia University in the 1930s. Marshall served as treasurer of the Civil Rights Congress, and served six months in prison for refusing to turn over Civil Rights Congress records to a Congressional investigation. This small selection of items from Marshall's research files relates mostly to U.S. Socialist Party activist Oscar Ameringer.

Oscar Ameringer was born in Achstetten, Germany on August 4, 1870 and immigrated to the United States in 1886. In the same year he became an organizer for the Knights of Labor. Ameringer joined the Socialist Party in 1901, and became a leader and activist in the socialist and labor movement. In addition to working on the campaign to elect Victor Berger to the U.S. House of Representatives, Ameringer also ran for office for mayor of Oklahoma City in 1911 and lost narrowly. After World War I, Oscar Ameringer helped form the Farmer-Labor Reconstruction League which won the Oklahoma governorship for John Walton. By the 1930s, Ameringer worked as an editor, publisher, and writer for Socialist publications, including the American Guardian and the Illinois Miner (later the American Miner ). In addition to writing under his own name, Ameringer wrote articles under the pseudonym "Adam Coaldigger." In 1940, Ameringer wrote an autobiography, If You Don't Weaken . Ameringer died on November 5, 1943, in Oklahoma City.

From the guide to the Oscar Ameringer: George Marshall Research Materials, 1836-1979, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929. Papers, 1862-1980. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Oscar Ameringer: George Marshall Research Materials, 1836-1979 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Ameringer, Oscar, 1870-1943. Oscar Ameringer papers, 1909-1970, (bulk 1909-1943). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Amlie, Thomas R., 1897-1973. Papers, 1888-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn De Caux, Len, 1899-. Len and Caroline Abrams De Caux papers, 1925-1970, (bulk 1940-1960). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Spargo, John, 1876-1966. Socialist pamphlet collection.. 1910-1970. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Ameringer, Oscar, 1870-1943. Socialist pamphlets collection, 1901-1987. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities. Suspected radical propaganda file, [ca. 1890-1919]. New York State Archives
referencedIn Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.). Brookwood Labor College records, 1921-1937. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Amlie, Thomas R., 1897-1973. person
correspondedWith Berger, Meta person
associatedWith Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929. person
associatedWith Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bush, Charles C. (Charles Clement). person
associatedWith Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926. person
correspondedWith Debs, Theodore, 1864-1945 person
associatedWith De Caux, Len, 1899- person
correspondedWith Dewey, John person
associatedWith Dublin, Tom person
correspondedWith Fountan, Clayton W., 1909- person
correspondedWith Haessler, Carl, 1888-1972 person
correspondedWith Lloyd, Georgia, 1913- person
correspondedWith Lloyd, William person
associatedWith Marshall, George, 1904-2000 person
correspondedWith McAlister, Coleman person
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967 person
associatedWith Saposs, David J. (David Joseph), 1886-1968 person
correspondedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968 person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
correspondedWith Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Socialists--United States
Journalists--Labor unions
Trade and professional associations
Journalism, Socialist--United States
Newspaper editors


Birth 1870

Death 1943



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