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American Socialists – A Live Podcast Event

June 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

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Socialism is often framed as a foreign ideology, but the United States has its own history of socialist politicians and movements. Midwest Socialist Podcast host Sarah Hurd talks to two authors about their explorations of socialism and American identity.

Paul Buhle guides us through the graphic novel he wrote about the life of midwestern socialist politician Eugene Debs, and what we have to learn from those days.

And Victor Grossman will share the experiences he included in the memoir he wrote about his time as a McCarthy-era exile living in communist East Germany.

Books and snacks will be available for purchase.


Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography
by Paul Buhle

Dynamic and beloved American radical, labor leader, and socialist Eugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party to federal and state office across the United States by the 1920s. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison on the Socialist Party ticket, receiving over 1 million votes. Debs’s life is a story of labor battles in industrializing America, of a fighting socialist politics grown directly out of the Midwest heartland, and of a distinctly American vision of socialism.

A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
by Victor Grossman

After 24 years in the USA, 38 years in the (East) German Democratic Republic as a McCarthy-era exile, then nearly 30 years in unified Germany, the ex-pat journalist and author examines the rise and fall of a socialist experiment as he observed and participated in it. He tries to clear through a fog of misinformation and distortion regarding it, describing its achievements, its successes as well as its blunders and negative aspects. Its position regarding Nazis and fascism is compared with that in West Germany. Its school system, women’s rights, both models in many ways, cultural questions and other matters are examined from a personal, anecdotal and sometimes humorous perspective.


June 23, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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