The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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Flea Market Socialist on Nov 28, 2019

Alternately loved and reviled, Eugene Victor Debs was a passionate labor leader, a progressive political figure, and a formidable speaker in a time of great change in the United States.

WFYI’s new documentary, The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs, tells the story of this Hoosier’s life. Born in Terre Haute in 1855, Eugene Debs emerged as a divisive figure when he led the nationwide Pullman Strike in 1894.

Seeking an alternative way for workers to gain power, he helped establish the Socialist Party in the United States and ran as its candidate for president five times. His campaign across the country drew massive crowds, and his oratory tested the limits of the First Amendment.

When he spoke out against America’s involvement in World War I, the Supreme Court upheld a guilty verdict that sentenced him to ten years in prison for violating the Espionage Act. From his cell, he ran for president for the final time, garnering nearly a million votes…and sparking a national conversation about the right to free speech.

The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs is narrated by actor Danny Glover and made its television premiere on WFYI Thursday, October 3, 2019.

For the best Closed Captions, watch on WFYI/PBS.

From the archives:

Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday, by Walter Brasch + Happy Labor Day — Now Drop Dead, by Stephen Millies

Labor History: The Pullman Strike of 1894

The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

The War at Home: Part 2: Blacklist

The War at Home: Part 1: Rebellion

Plutocracy I-V (must-see)

How Debs Became A Socialist by Paul D’Amato

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years + Transcript

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