National Affairs: Who Is W. Z. Foster?

Now that Eugene Debs has been forced into semi-retirement because of ill-health, William Z. Foster is probably the most active and prominent radical leader in the United States.

He was born 42 years ago in Staunton, Mass., and as a boy of ten went to work for a sculptor. His next job was in a fertilizer plant, but, loving outdoor life, he soon beat his way to Oregon, where he worked as a lumberjack until the age of 24.

Unable to conquer his wanderlust, he next went to sea and spent three years before the...

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