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Historian and author to discuss influence of Eugene V. Debs

January 14, 2009

Ernest Freeberg, associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will discuss the trial and imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs during a presentation at Indiana State University. The socialist leader is the subject of Freeberg's recent book, "Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, The Great War, and the Right to Dissent." The speech will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Stalker Hall, room 102, on the ISU campus.

Debs was born in Terre Haute, in 1855, where he began a career in politics. He went on to gain national attention through his efforts to champion the cause of the working man as a leader of the Socialist Party. He was given a 10-year prison sentence for making an anti-war speech, a controversy that played a role in igniting the American civil liberties movement.

"Dr. Freeberg examines the question of civil liberties during a time of war," said Chris Olsen, chair of the ISU department of history. "This presentation features a timely topic on one of Terre Haute's most famous residents."

Freeburg's areas of expertise include American cultural, social and religious history with an emphasis on the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the ISU department of history.

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Contact: Chris Olsen, department of history, Indiana State University, 812-237-2710 or colsen@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Emily Taylor, assistant director of media relations, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or etaylor16@indstate.edu

 

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Ernest Freeberg, associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will discuss the trial and imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs during a presentation at Indiana State University. The socialist leader is the subject of Freeberg's recent book,

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