Coming in Spring, 2018
The detonation of an anarchist's bomb on his front doorstep inspired Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer to embark on a sweeping campaign of arrests, trials and deportations for the crime of Socialism, and other incorrect opinions. Unaware of the meaning of the First Amendment, the mainstream media went right along with it, adding fuel to the public ire and demanding the expulsion of non-conformists such as Rosa Luxembourg and Alexander Berkman. The sorry episode ended with Palmer himself in legal jeopardy for his department's groundless confiscation of private property through the Alien Property Office.
Our new collection "Reporting: The Palmer Raids" presents in their entirety 50 contemporary newspaper accounts--a compelling primary source record of an important and relevant episode in American history.
"While waiting for the game to begin the National Commission got together and decided the place of the seventh game, if it is necessary to play a seventh. Garry Herrmann, chairman of the commission, tossed a coin, and Harry Hempstead, president of the Giants, gave Charley Comiskey the call. The “Old Roman” called heads and the coin fell tails.
It was the first time Hempstead had won a toss. He missed three straight calls in tossing for the opening game.
On that occasion the coin twice fell off a table. This time Hempstead insisted on having it tossed on the floor. 'I don’t want any more tables,' he said."
--Damon Runyon, "White Sox Rally, Defeating Giants in Erratic Game," Washington Herald, October 14, 1917
New Releases/January, 2018
R e p o r t i n g : T h e T u l s a R i o t / 1 9 2 1
On June 1, 1921, an awkward encounter in a small elevator spiraled into the deadliest riot in American history. After two days of burning, looting, killing and mayhem in Tulsa, the reported death toll stood at "unknown (possibly hundreds)” and an entire neighborhood--Tulsa’s prospering African-American enclave of Greenwood--had been looted, bombed, and reduced to smoldering ruins.
Published by The Archive of American Journalism, this collection of contemporary newspaper and magazine articles brings readers a street-level view of the events in Tulsa. Through dozens of newspaper bulletins, firsthand accounts, in-depth investigations, interviews, telegraph dispatches, editorials and opinion pieces, this first volume in The Archive’s unique Reporting series holds up a mirror to the city, its social and economic conflicts, and the wider rifts in American society.
"The editor of the Barnacle has a hobby which he has ridden for a number of years, to the perfect satisfaction of his readers and the unspeakable delight of ourselves. That hobby—now somewhat sore in the back—is the Darwinian theory. How much the rider knows about his horse will be seen from the following, upon the freedom of thoughts: “One man is not to be deterred from advocating the Darwinian theory because his neighbor is shocked at the idea that man is a development of the monkey.” Very true, but he ought to be debarred from advocating it if he shocks his neighbor at his utter ignorance of what it really is. The Darwinian theory, James, does not imply that man is “a development of the monkey,” but that both are descended from a common parent. See the difference? Your error is the same as if you should claim to be the offspring of a mule, instead of admitting that the ass is the father of both the mule and yourself. In the one case you would assert a physical impossibility, in the other you would simply support an extremely probable hypothesis.."
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St. Paul, Minnesota Friday, February 16, 2018
Ambrose Bierce on Evolution
San Francisco News Letter/August 31, 1869
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The World War II
An Archive Special Collection
A Reporter's Report to the Nation
Man About Town
Things I Never Knew About the Coast Guard
"New York Noveletic:Broadway is flooded with ambitious youth. Such were this stage-struck girl and newcomer-wrighter—ambitious in love . . . You can see hundreds of them in New York making park benches their thrones, holding hands in movie balconies or chop-suey joints—walking along the Drive, drinking in the moon and stars—not saying a word—while music runs through their veins and their hearts dance . . . All they hope, pray and hunger for is success. They want life to hug them and make their cheeks bloom . . . Two young people in a strange town finding a home in each other’s memory. Well, one day she got a bit part in a show, clicked and was whisked off to Hollywood . . . He went into an ad agency.
For a while love letters were swapped at a fast clip, then the traffic slowed down, limped along, and finally ceased . . . Love had “taken a powder” . . . A run-out . . . They were riding to the moon on their careers, they couldn’t think of anything else . . . Soon, Christmas cards were their only contact. And now they both have everything they came to New York to get—dreams come true . . . But they are not as happy as they were when they had nothing—except each other."
--Walter Winchell, "New York Heartbeat," May 3, 1940
The Black Sox Scandal
Kid Gleason Will Never Countenance Any of Black Sox
Result of Scandal Trial Disappointment to Fans