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March 10, 1919

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The U.S. Supreme Court rules on Debs v. United States, affirming the labor leader’s conviction under the Espionage Act of 1917 for an anti-war speech he gave in Canton, Ohio, in 1918. Debs was sentenced to ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life. While in prison, he ran for president in the 1920 election and received 919,799 votes (3.4 percent of the popular vote).

November 2, 1920

debsUnion leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs receives 913,664 write-in votes (3.4%) for president while he was in prison in Atlanta, Georgia.

June 30, 1918

tumblr_m8x3wygOgi1r4cjexo1_500Following a series of speeches in which he condemned U.S. involvement in World War I, labor leader Eugene Debs is arrested in Cleveland, Ohio, for violating the Espionage Act with the “intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States.” At his trial, Debs said, “I would oppose war if I stood alone.” He was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison.

June 20, 1893

aruphotoThe American Railway Union (ARU) is founded in Chicago by locomotive fireman Eugene V. Debs and other railway workers. The ARU was an industrial union for railway workers, regardless of craft or service. Within a year, the ARU had 125 locals and very quickly grew to become the country’s largest union.

November 5, 1855

m07-elec-post-480Eugene V. Debs – labor leader, socialist, three-time candidate for president, and first president of the American Railway Union — is born. “The Republican and Democratic parties, or to be more exact, the Republican-Democratic party, represent the capitalist class in the class struggle. They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles.”

June 16, 1918

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Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, Ohio, on the relationship between capitalism and war. Ten days later he was arrested under the Espionage Act and eventually sentenced to 10 years in jail.

June 16, 1918

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Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, Ohio, on the relationship between capitalism and war. Ten days later he was arrested under the Espionage Act and eventually sentenced to 10 years in jail.

November 2, 1920

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Union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs receives 913,664 write-in votes (3.4%) for president while he was in prison in Atlanta, Georgia.  [Image:  campaign poster from the 1904 presidential election.]

October 20, 1926

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Eugene V. Debs, U.S. labor leader and socialist, dies in Elmhurst, Illinois.  “Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage.  I would not lead you out if I could; for if you could be led out, you could be led back again. I would have you make up your minds there is nothing that you cannot do for yourselves.” -Eugene V. Debs

August 18, 1927

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The Debs Memorial Radio Fund begins operating WEVD out of New York City in memory of labor leader Eugene V. Debs.  “It is our intention to make this station a forum for Labor, Peace and Progress,” said G. August Gerber, the radio station’s manager.

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