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Quotations From EUGENE V DEBS

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  • 1.
    When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
    Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), U.S. trade unionist, Socialist leader. speech, Sept. 11, 1918, Cleveland, Ohio. Eugene V. Debs Speaks, ed. Jean Y. Tussey (1970). Defending himself against charges of sedition; found guilty, he was subsequently jailed for three years.

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    While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
    Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), U.S. trade unionist. Speech, June 16, 1913, from the dock at Canton, Ohio. Debs was defending himself against charges of violating the 1917 Espionage Act.
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