Adam Hochschild: Rebel Cinderella

FRI, MAR 6, 2020 (50:07)

From the best-selling author of “Spain in Our Hearts” Adam Hochschild comes the forgotten story of one of the most charismatic radical leaders of the last century. Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia. She found a partner in James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society, and together joined the burgeoning Socialist Party.

Over the next dozen years, they moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen, including Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London and W.E.B. Du Bois.

Adam Hochschild is the author of 10 books, including “King Leopold’s Ghost” and “To End All Wars,” both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Bury the Chains,” a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award.

+ BIO: Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is an American author and journalist. As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa and subsequently worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964. Both were politically pivotal experiences about which he would later write in his book Finding the Trapdoor. He later was part of the movement against the Vietnam War, and, after several years as a daily newspaper reporter, worked as a writer and editor for the leftwing Ramparts magazine. In the mid-1970s, he was one of the co-founders of Mother Jones. Hochschild’s first book was a memoir, Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son (1986), in which he described the difficult relationship he had with his father. His later books include The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey (1990; new edition, 2007), The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin (1994; new edition, 2003), Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels (1997), which collects his personal essays and reportage, and King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998; new edition, 2006), a history of the conquest and colonization of the Congo by Belgium’s King Leopold II. His Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, published in 2005, is about the antislavery movement in the British Empire.

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