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Inman, Mary (11 June 1894–Jan. 1985), trade union organizer, Marxist theorist, and author, was born Ida Mary Inman in Burnside, Kentucky, and moved to Creek Nation Indian Territory in Oklahoma when she was six. She was the fourth daughter and youngest of Mildred Taylor Inman and James Jett Inman’s nine children. Her mother died when Inman was eleven, her oldest sister died two years later, and she spent the next decade caring for her father and brothers....

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Sorge, Friedrich Adolph (09 November 1828–26 October 1906), political theorist and labor organizer, was born in Bethau bei Torgau, Saxony, the son of Georg Wilhelm Sorge, a pastor, and Hedwig Klothilde Lange. He fought alongside Friedrich Engels and other revolutionaries against the Prussian army in Baden in June 1849. Then, as a refugee in Geneva and London between 1849 and 1852, he came to know Wilhelm Liebknecht and other socialist pioneers, including Karl Marx himself. Unable to find work in London, he decided to emigrate to Australia, but due to illness was placed on the wrong ship and ended up in New York in June 1852. He soon moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he remained for the rest of his life, supporting himself as a music teacher. A few years after arriving in America, he married a young German immigrant named Mathilde (last name unknown), with whom he lived for more than fifty years. They had three children, only one of whom survived beyond childhood....