Eugene Victor Debs

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Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and several times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became ... more »

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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 ...
  • ''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 ...
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