Daniel Raphael @dravazed ?active 2 years, 3 months ago
Continuing to read Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist, by Nick Salvatore. Apart from reinforcing my life-long admiration of Debs, this work does best of the books I’ve read about him in situating and explaining Debs in his times. Among other things, it showed how he basically held views traditional for his time–women, spiritually superior and the makers of civilization/men, achievers and shapers of the world–while upholding women as political actors in their own right. Debs had a very important and lasting benefit from his good relationship with his parents, esp. his mother…while he had an emotionally cool, ”correct” relationship to his upper-class wife. It’s an interesting study of contrasts, the interplay of seemingly opposed currents both personal and social, and of course a recap of what was in many ways the most progressive era in US history, even more than the New Deal.