Publication Date

Fall 2013

Faculty Supervisor

Joseph Walwik


When discussing the transitory period of Eugene V. Debs' life, in which he moved from being a conservative labor leader to a far more radical, yet still pragmatic socialist, it is important to initially consider his formative years for a better understanding of how Debs developed into the influential leader he became. While the focus of this paper will be 1891-1900, the years between his resignation from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and his first presidential nomination (running on the Socialist Party platform), it is essential to first concisely examine the early years of Debs' life.


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