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date: 02 July 2020

Shumlin, Hermanlocked

(06 December 1898–14 June 1979)
  • Melissa Vickery-Bareford

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Shumlin, Herman (06 December 1898–14 June 1979), producer and director, was born in Atwood, Colorado, the son of George Shumlin, a one-time farmer, factory worker, and merchant, and Rebecca Slavin. The family moved around a great deal during the early part of his life. A farming venture in Colorado failed, and the family moved to West Pullman, Illinois, when Shumlin was two years old. Financial hardships often kept the family on the move looking for work. When it was time for Shumlin to attend high school the family was in New Jersey, where he attended the Barringer School for one year before he was forced to quit and work in a factory. Shumlin was fired from the factory and labeled a “socialist” when he complained about the workers’ safety. His father fostered these ideas by subscribing to a liberal newspaper for his son and prompted him to become politically active. After his father died in 1915, Shumlin supported his mother until she remarried....

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