Charles H. Kerr Company records, 1885-1999.
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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...
IWW organizer. Born in St. Johns, New Brunswick in 1900. From the description of Frederick W. Thompson papers, 1912-1986, (bulk 1962-1985). (Wayne State University, Archives of Labor & Urban). WorldCat record id: 32320972 ...
Mary Harris, reportedly born May 1, 1830, but more likely born in 1836, in Cork, Ireland, was an active participant in the labor movement in the United States for nearly sixty years. Before acquiring the name "Mother" Jones and perceived as the "Miners' Angel," Mary Harris had taught in Catholic schools in Michigan and Tennessee, had married George Jones and had four children. By 1867, Jones had lost her family to a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the 1870s, "Mother" Jones began ...
Before 1970 the photographic archives of the Newberry Library were not systematically developed. With the creation of the staff photographer position in 1969, all Library activities became more fully documented. Staff photographers include Peter Weil and Kenneth Cain. From the description of Photographer's file 1970-[ongoing]. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 28306327 Charles Alexander Nelson (1839-1933), librarian and bibliographer, was a Reconstruction administrator...
Virgil J. Vogel was a professor at Truman College, who specialized in American Indian history, the history of medicine, and the origins of American place names. In the early 1980s, Vogel was involved in the revitalization of the Charles H. Kerr Company, a publisher of leftist political tracts, based in Chicago since 1886. From the description of Virgil Vogel papers, 1936-1990. (Chicago History Museum). WorldCat record id: 717316756 Chicago professor and author of books on Am...
Hobo, physician and anarchist, Ben Reitman (1879-1942) was an advocate for the disadvantaged in Chicago and throughout the country. Reitman left school at age ten to become a hobo. He tramped around the U.S., panhandling and riding the rails until he returned to Chicago and took a job as a laboratory boy. In 1900, he was admitted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Reitman started a private practice on Chicago's South Side in 1904. He continued to champion the causes of hobos and the unem...
The IWW is a labor organization dedicated to uniting laborers around the world into a single large union. From the description of Collection 1916-1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 778701431 Established in Chicago in 1905 by sponsors of socialism and the remnants of previous labor unions, including the Knights of Labor, Western Federation of Miners and the American Labor Union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or "Wobblies", evolved into a radical industrial unio...
American socialist leader. From the description of Eugene V. Debs letters, 1885-1926, to Frank X. Holl. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754867567 Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926) was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to Jean Daniel and Marguerite Marie Debs. He married Katherine Metzel in 1885. During the 1870s he served as an official of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (BLF) and editor of Locomotive Fireman's Magazine. He resigned from the BLF in 1892 to begin organizing the ...
Carlo Tresca (1879-1943), was an Italian-born anarchist, who emigrated to the United States in 1904. He was a labor organizer, including with the Industrial Workers of the World, a journalist, and editor, notably of Il Proletario, the official newspaper of the Italian Socialist Federation, and of Il Martello, an anti-fascist newspaper. An opponent of both fascism and Stalinism, he was assassinated in New York City in 1943. From the guide to the Carlo Tresca "Autobiography" (typescrip...