It Is ‘the Working Class Who Fight All the Battles’: Military Service, Patriotism, and the Study of American Workers



In the Canton, Ohio speech which resulted in his imprisonment, Eugene Debs explained that he opposed American involvement in the First World War because it is ‘the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses’. Debs was merely restating, in his especially eloquent manner, the classic Marxist position, that wars between nations were not in the interest of workers as they would be the ones to fight and die in a conflict that was neither of their making nor to their benefit.2


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