” … no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people. “
“They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.”
— Eugene V. Debs, American, unionist, fireman, speaker, political figure, Senator
The Canton Speech – Eugene V. Debs
Eugene V. Debs delivered the speech that landed him in jail 99 years ago today. We reprint it here in full.
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