Paragraphs reprinted here, or offered for the first time, in small books, articles, letters, or some unusual form, written somewhere between about 1935 and some date early in the 21st Century, may well have been printed somewhere already. No matter. They may be appearing here for the very first time beyond their original emergence in typed or handwritten form. So, OK.
Knowledge has a life of its own, a content, a thrust, and a purpose for being. It is neither the vehicle nor the timing of appearance that matters. It is the value of the ideas being offered that amounts to something.
Ideas offered here may well have been seen initially in Journal of Negro History, American Association of University Professors Bulletin, American Archivist, The Freeman, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Labor History—goodness knows where. Possibly the place of first seeing a reader was lowly: The Siskiyou (of Southern Oregon College), The Oregonian, Sneak Preview; or enormous: Pejing Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Encyclopaedia Britannica. (This is but a sample.)
The sponsor’s autobiography An Independent Scholar in 20th Century America appeared in 1995 after private printing as an attractive paperback book at the hands of Independent Press, a large printer in tiny but interesting Ashland, Oregon. On the other hand, a smallish but quite original book, Speaking Up for America, was the product of a huge press called, oddly, iUniverse.
The written output of this long lived and determined creative writer, a “Research Historian” as he liked to term himself on business cards late in life, was varied and quantitatively quite noticeable. But this is quite enough of an introduction; it is by no means time to “shut up,” rather, it is about time to “put up.”