Eugene Debs first read Karl Marx while he was in jail for his part in the Pullman Strike.
He asked me all kinds of interesting questions, like what I’d read in literature and how middle school was different from elementary school; what was my hardest subject (Spanish) and what was my favorite historical period (I wasn’t sure, anything but Eugene Debs and the History of Labor, which we’d spent way too much time on) and what did I want to be when I grew up?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
He was full of puns and pleased good-nature, save when he quoted from Karl Marx and Eugene Debs.
Thomas Wolfe -- Look Homeward, Angel
To workers, Eugene Debs and Samuel Gompers came increasingly to seem like saviors, Chicago’s merchant princes like devils.