The Rhetorical Eugene Debs

Debs Timeline

Sedition Trial
Date Event
1918, 16 Jun Canton, Ohio Address
1918, 01 July Indictment Filed
1918, 9-12 September Trial in Progress
1918, 12 September Verdict Filed
1918, 14 September Sentencing
1919, 27-28 January Supreme Court Arguments
1919, 10 March Supreme Court Decision


On this Site

Debs, Eugene V. "The American Movement."
Debs, Eugene V. Address in Canton, Ohio.
Debs, Eugene V. Canton Trial Argument, United States v. Eugene V. Debs, 11 September 1918.
Debs, Eugene V. "The Issue", Girard Kansas, 23 May 1908
Debs, Eugen V. Statement to the Court.

In Print and on the Web

Debs, Eugene V., Bruce Rogers, and Stephen M. Reynolds. Debs: His Life, Writings and Speeches: With a Department of Appreciations. The Appeal to reason, Girard, Kan, 1908.

Debs, Eugene V., and J. R. Constantine. Letters of Eugene V. Debs. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1990.

Web Resources

Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919), Justia U. S. Supreme Court.
Eugen V. Debs Foundation, Eugene V. Debs Museum, Terre Haute, IN.
Eugene V. Debs Project at Marxists Internet Archive.


Boase, Paul H. The Rhetoric of Protest and Reform, 1878-1898. Ohio University Press, 1980.

Brommel, Bernard J. "Eugene V. Debs: The Agitator as Speaker." Central States Speech Journal 20 (1969): 202-214.

Brommel, Bernard J. "The Pacifist Speech-Making of Eugene V. Debs." Quarterly Journal of Speech 52 (1966): 146-154.

Darsey, James. "The Legend of Eugene Debs: Prophetic ethos as Radical Argument." Quarterly Journal of Speech 74 (1988): 434-452.

Darsey, James. "Patricia Roberts-Miller, Demagoguery, and the Troublesome Case of Eugene Debs." Rhetoric and Public Affairs, vol. 9, no. 3, 2006, pp. 463-470

Darsey, James. The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America. New York University Press, 1997.

Devinatz, Victor G. "“An Open Letter to Eugene V. Debs”: Debs' Relationship to the U.S. Communists, Circa 1919–1924." Workingusa, vol. 18, no. 2, 2015, pp. 267-289.

Eastman, Max. The Trial of Eugene Debs with Debs' Address to the Court on Receiving Sentence. Liberator pamphlet no. 3. New York: Liberator 1918.

“Eugene Debs Dies after Long Illness.” New York Times 21 October 1926, p. 25.

Freeberg, Ernest. Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent. Harvard University Press, 2008.

Freeberg, Ernest. Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent. Harvard University Press, 2008.

Ginger, Ray. The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs. Rutgers University Press, 1949.

Gould, Lewis L. Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics. University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Kulik, Brian. “Socialist Editor Eugene Debs: One-Million Votes in Jail.” Media History Digest 5, no. 2 (Spring 1985): 18–50.

Lee, R., and J. Andrews. "A Story of Rhetorical-Ideological Transformation: Eugene V. Debs as Liberal Hero." Quarterly Journal of Speech 77 (1991): 20-37.

Lomas, Charles W. The Agitator in American Society. Prentice-Hall, 1968.

Longacre, Glenn V. "Free Speech on Trial: Eugene Debs at Canton, Ohio." Prologue Magazine, Winter 2017-2018, vol. 49, no. 4. [].

Morgan, H. Wayne. Eugene V. Debs: Socialist for President. Syracuse University Press, 1962.

Papke, David R. The Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capital in Industrial America. University Press of Kansas, 1999.

Tunnell, Kenneth D., and Edward L. W. Green. "Critical Criminology in the Life and Work of Eugene Victor Debs." Critical Criminology, vol. 23, no. 1, 2015, pp. 39-55.

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