Born OTD in 1855, American socialist, political activist, trade unionist, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States, Eugene V. Debs. A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs. Debs led the Socialist Party in the early 20th-century to federal & state office across the country, helped to pioneer a fighting union politics that organized all workers, & became the beloved figurehead of American radicalism. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison, receiving over one million votes.

Debs’s story is the story of labor battles in industrializing America, of a socialist politics grown directly out of the … More

Born OTD in 1866, English author, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary; and often referred to the ‘father of science fiction’, H.G. Wells. ‘The War of the Wolrds’ is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is the first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and of his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, a group of friends listen to the adventures of a man who claims … More

On this day, 25 May 1895, libertarian socialist author Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years’ hard labour for “indecency”. This graphic biography of Oscar Wilde focuses on perhaps the most important phase of the Irish writer’s life: his two years behind the iron bars and stone walls of the brutal Victorian prison system. Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s grandson, has praised the “quality as well as the sensitivity” of The Season of Sorrow.

With two plays running in London’s West End and at the height of his success, Wilde was convicted of gross … More