Eugene Debs


"Vital citizenship demanded independence; independence, in turn, required a living wage; a secure household, and the opportunity for mobility. By jeopardizing the independence, and thus the citizenship, of wage earners, corporate magnates proved themselves the enemies of American democracy. They were the real revolutionaries, [Eugene] Debs argued repeatedly; their boardroom machinations imperiled the republic" (Hansen, Jonathan M. The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890-1920. CHicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003, 63).


Colby Glass, MLIS