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The Life of John Spargo

  • Born.

    John Spargo was born on January thirty-first of 1876 in Cornwall, U.K. to his parents Jane and Thomas Spargo.
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    Took classes at Oxford University.

    Spargo, although primarily self educated, did take a couple classes at Oxford University.
  • Married Prudence Edwards.

    John and Prudence were wed in January of 1900, having one son named George.
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    Participated in various meetings.

    John participated in various union meetings throughout 1900 and was part of the creation of the Labour Representation Committee, a precursor to the British Labour Party.
  • Moved to New York

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    Worked for a Socialist magazine.

    John became an editor for The Comrade, a socialist magazine. He worked there for about three years.
  • Became a founding member of the Socialist Party of America.

    John became a founding member in the Socialist Party of America, although he was not present at the time of its creation.
  • Prudence died.

    John's wife died in March 1904 of tuberculosis.
  • Attended the second convention of the SPA

    At the SPA's second convention, Spargo was declared the chairman of the resolutions comittee.
  • Elected for National Committee.

    John was elected to be on the SPA's National Committee in 1905.
  • Wrote "The Bitter Cry of the Children"

    He wrote his novel about child labor which had hints of his socialist views in 1905.
  • Wrote "Underfed School Children"

    He wrote his book about child starvation in 1906.
  • Wrote "The Common Sense of the Milk Question"

    He wrote this second book on child starvation in 1908.
  • Elected a delegate.

    He was elected to be a delegate for the 1908 SPA convention.
  • Elected for the National Executive Committee.

    He was elected to be on the National Executive Committee of the SPA in 1909.
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    Served as an executive for the ISS

    John co-founded another socialist group, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, and worked toward its ends for three years.
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    Developed new ideas.

    By this time, Spargo had developed right wing ideas that he called socialist individualism.
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    Unrelated works.

    His years after 1930 were filled with many different things unrelated to politics or muckraker activity.
  • Death.

    Spargo died on an unmarked day in 1966.