I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked

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University of California Press, Dec 16, 1994 - History - 272 pages
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Here, reprinted for the first time since its original publication, is muckraking journalist Upton Sinclair's lively, caustic account of the 1934 election campaign that turned California upside down and almost won him the governor's mansion.

Using his "End Poverty in California" movement (more commonly called EPIC) as a springboard, Sinclair ran for governor as a Democrat, equipped with a bold plan to end the Depression in California by taking over idle land and factories and turning them into cooperative ventures for the unemployed. To his surprise, thousands rallied to the idea, converting what he had assumed would be another of his utopian schemes into a mass political movement of extraordinary dimensions. With a loosely knit organization of hundreds of local EPIC clubs, Sinclair overwhelmed the moderate Democratic opposition to capture the primary election. When it came to the general election, however, his opposition employed highly effective campaign tactics: overwhelming media hostility, vicious red-baiting and voter intimidation, high-priced dirty tricks. The result was a resounding defeat in November.

I, Candidate tells the story of Sinclair's campaign while also capturing the turbulent political mood of the 1930s. Employing his trademark muckraking style, Sinclair exposes the conspiracies of power that ensured big-money control over the media and other powerful institutions.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
3
CHAPTER II
8
CHAPTER III
12
CHAPTER IV
16
CHAPTER V
20
CHAPTER VI
26
CHAPTER VII
31
CHAPTER VIII
36
CHAPTER XXIV
131
CHAPTER XXV
136
CHAPTER XXVI
144
CHAPTER XXVII
148
CHAPTER XXVIII
156
CHAPTER XXIX
160
CHAPTER XXX
166
CHAPTER XXXI
172

CHAPTER IX
42
CHAPTER X
46
CHAPTER XI
51
CHAPTER XII
57
CHAPTER XIII
63
CHAPTER XIV
70
CHAPTER XV
74
CHAPTER XVI
80
CHAPTER XVII
86
CHAPTER XVIII
92
CHAPTER XIX
99
CHAPTER XX
105
CHAPTER XXI
110
CHAPTER XXII
118
CHAPTER XXIII
124
CHAPTER XXXII
179
CHAPTER XXXIII
185
CHAPTER XXXIV
190
CHAPTER XXXV
194
CHAPTER XXXVI
200
CHAPTER XXXVII
204
CHAPTER XXXVIII
209
CHAPTER XXXIX
215
CHAPTER XL
220
CHAPTER XLI
224
CHAPTER XLII
229
CHAPTER XLIII
235
APPENDIX
241
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Upton Sinclair, a lifelong vigorous socialist, first became well known with a powerful muckraking novel, The Jungle, in 1906. Refused by five publishers and finally published by Sinclair himself, it became an immediate bestseller, and inspired a government investigation of the Chicago stockyards, which led to much reform. In 1967 he was invited by President Lyndon Johnson to "witness the signing of the Wholesome Meat Act, which will gradually plug loopholes left by the first Federal meat inspection law" (N.Y. Times), a law Sinclair had helped to bring about. Newspapers, colleges, schools, churches, and industries have all been the subject of a Sinclair attack, analyzing and exposing their evils. Sinclair was not really a novelist, but a fearless and indefatigable journalist-crusader. All his early books are propaganda for his social reforms. When regular publishers boycotted his work, he published himself, usually at a financial loss. His 80 or so books have been translated into 47 languages, and his sales abroad, especially in the former Soviet Union, have been enormous.

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