Spargo, John, 1876-1966, The common sense of socialism: a series of letters addressed to Jonathan Edwards of Pittsburg (Chicago : Charles H. Kerr, 1911) [Heisler] P4125
John Spargo, a socialist, reformer and historian, was born in England in 1876. Active in trade unions, he emigrated to the United States in 1901 and continued to write and speak. This 1911 publication is a series of letters to a ‘workingman’ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an industrial city with much inequality and privation. Spargo ended the tract with an appeal to the reader of the letters to read ‘the great classics of Socialist literature’.