This is a story about a man known only as “The Reader.” No one knows where he came from. And he don’t know where he’s going. That’s the conjecture, anyway. He is tall. And skinny. And always dressed in a seersucker suit; dusty trousers and jacket, with a white shirt and panama hat to match.… Continue reading The Reader
Author: Eric Kerl
Eric Kerl is a Kentuckian living, working, organizing, and writing in Chicago. His articles have appeared in International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker, and elsewhere. He is the author of White Bred: Hillbillies, White Trash, and Rednecks Against White Supremacy, forthcoming from Haymarket Books.
From confederate soldier to working-class martyr
In Texas, a former Confederate soldier named Albert Parsons emerged as a radical supporter of the Reconstruction acts in his newspaper the Spectator. He was “regarded as a political heretic and traitor” and “incurred thereby the hate and contumely of many of my former army comrades, neighbors, and the Ku Klux Klan.” Parsons left Texas… Continue reading From confederate soldier to working-class martyr