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George James Saul Manuscript

 Item
Identifier: LP002401
This collection contains one manuscript. It is an unfinished autobiography, copyrighted with a forward by Saul’s son, William Edward Saul in 1969.

Important Subjects: Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921. Workers Party of America International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Communist Party of America. Great Plains.

Important Names: Saul, George James Saul, William Edward Cantor, Irving B.

Dates

  • 1969

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 MB)

Abstract

George James Saul (1897-1967) was born in Nebraska, but eventually settled in the Detroit Area with his family, becoming an active member in radical politics. After serving during World War I, Saul pursued higher education at the University of Denver, graduating in 1925. After graduation, he was committed to “working for Civil Rights, Unionization, Radical Politics, and in general working toward the betterment of society and for the working man in particular.” Saul was also heavily involved in Civil Rights activism in the South during the 1920’s. Increasing responsibilities in his personal life drew him away from activism, though he remained active until World War II and interested in politics until the end of his life. During his inactive periods, Saul was persuaded to write a book detailing his involvement in radical politics by friends and acquaintances. Due to declining health, he was unable to complete the manuscript. As such, the manuscript focuses on his early life, growing up on the Great Plains. Saul’s son included an introduction penned by his father and information on the Saul family in appendices at the back of the manuscript. Obituaries from various socialist papers and one local paper give details of Saul’s involvement in the communist party, the Gastonia textile strike of 1929, and his participation in the founding of the UAW.

This collection contains one manuscript. It is an unfinished autobiography, copyrighted with a forward by Saul’s son, William Edward Saul in 1969.

History

George James Saul (1897-1967) was born in Nebraska, but eventually settled in the Detroit Area with his family, becoming an active member in radical politics. After serving during World War I, Saul pursued higher education at the University of Denver, graduating in 1925. After graduation, he was committed to “working for Civil Rights, Unionization, Radical Politics, and in general working toward the betterment of society and for the working man in particular.” Saul was also heavily involved in Civil Rights activism in the South during the 1920’s. Increasing responsibilities in his personal life drew him away from activism, though he remained active until World War II and interested in politics until the end of his life. During his inactive periods, Saul was persuaded to write a book detailing his involvement in radical politics by friends and acquaintances. Due to declining health, he was unable to complete the manuscript. As such, the manuscript focuses on his early life, growing up on the Great Plains. Saul’s son included an introduction penned by his father and information on the Saul family in appendices at the back of the manuscript. Obituaries from various socialist papers and one local paper give details of Saul’s involvement in the communist party, the Gastonia textile strike of 1929, and his participation in the founding of the UAW.

Acquisition

The George James Saul Manuscript was donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Mardon Cooper on January 30, 2013. It was given to her by William Holmes.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Katelyn Jedro on June 14, 2013.
Title
Guide to the George James Saul Manuscript
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Katelyn Jedro.
Date
2013-06-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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