"We Called Each Other Comrade": Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers

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University of Illinois Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
This is the history of the most significant translator, publisher, and distributor of left-wing literature in the United States.
Based in Chicago and still publishing, Charles H. Kerr & Company began in 1886 as a publisher of Unitarian tracts. The company's focus changed after its founder, the son of abolitionist activists, became a socialist at the turn of the century.
Tracing Kerr's political development and commitment to radical social change, "We Called Each Other Comrade" also tells the story of the difficulties of exercising the First Amendment in an often hostile business and political climate. A fascinating exploration in left-wing culture, this revealing chronicle of Charles Kerr and his revolutionary publishing company looks at the remarkable list of books, periodicals, and pamphlets that the firm produced and traces the strands of a rich tradition of dissent in America.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
Introduction
xiii
Charles H Kerr Early Years Early Influences
1
Kerrs Early Chicago Years
12
The Kerr Companys Beginnings
22
Unity Years
43
From Unitarian to Populist and Beyond
56
The First Socialist Phase 18991908
82
The InHouse Battle 191113
138
The International Socialist Review 190818
160
The War Years and After
176
Conclusion
201
Epilogue
207
Notes
211
Bibliography
287
Index
301

The Move Leftward 190811
111

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