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1915, the year of publication, was a year of revolutionary ferment all over the world. Colonial peoples were sensing their rights, and industrial workers were flexing their muscle. It appeared to many that Marx's proletarian revolution was at hand, and this book exemplifies the hope and fear of that moment. Populism, the last serious attempt at political organization by America's workers died during World War I's "Red Scare". At the time Ernest Poole wrote _The Harbor_ that untimely death was not a given. During World War I the industrial states of the world banded together to crush what appeared to the investor classes as the biggest threat to them since the French Revolution. They even declared a "time out" from World War I to defeat the greater threat, empowered working people. It took years of propaganda to erase the memory of the power working class folks held briefly and to repaint the moment as a sneak attack by Bolshevik terrorists. Poole reminds us of how close we came. It would be difficult to find a mainstream publisher that would publish this book in the 21st century; the propaganda besmirching working people, yet Poole remains to remind us..