Classic Fall 2006
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When Eugene Debs tossed his hat into the ring for the fifth and final time, he had to toss it through prison bars. Debs was serving a 10-year sentence for anti-war activity that had been deemed criminal under the era's "war-time espionage law." The first presidential candidate ever nominated while incarcerated, he and Socialist Party running mate Seymour Stedman tallied nearly a million votes—affirming both an immense respect for the lifelong reformer and a unified symbol of opposition to his controversial detainment.
This cast-iron bust statue depicts Deb in his prison garb during that historic 1920 campaign. A very well-preserved piece, the 5"-tall statue displays as Near Mint. Oftentimes, Debs' nose is worn down and badly flattened, but this superior specimen exhibits only negligible surface wear to the tip of his nose. Raised lettering on the front of the base reads "DEBS," and the reverse carries the artist's engraved signature and the year: "© R.R. Hellvik 1920." Debs was released from his Atlanta jail on Christmas Day the following year, his sentence having been commuted by President Harding, and he received a hero's welcome in his hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana, where he died five years later.
1920 Eugene V. Debs "Convict" Small Cast-Iron Statue
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