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Calverton, Victor Francis (25 June 1900–20 November 1940), socialist writer and editor, was born George Goetz in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Charles Goetz, a German-American tailor, and Ida Geiger, the granddaughter of a left-wing refugee from the German 1848 revolution. Radicalized by his father’s denunciations of the Spanish-American War, Calverton read voraciously throughout high school in the Baltimore public schools, transferring his allegiance from Lutheranism to socialism. Although he was tempted to become a professional baseball player, he decided to earn money for college by working as a timekeeper with the Bethlehem Steel Company. In 1921 he graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in English and then spent a year studying psychology at Hopkins. After a brief membership in the Socialist Labor party, he began teaching in the public schools. In 1923 he published the first issue of the ...

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Simons, Algie Martin (09 October 1870–11 March 1950), Marxist theoretician and editor, was born in North Freedom, Wisconsin, near Baraboo, the son of Horace Buttoph Simons and Linda Blackman, farmers. Simons worked his way through the University of Wisconsin, where he was a student of historian ...