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Socialist slams Boy Scouts  

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The Boy Scout Movement, To Perpetuate Docility, Stupidity and Brutality, 1911 Socialist leaflet

Kirkpatrick, George R.

New York

The Masses



Kirkpatrick, George R. The Boy Scout Movement, To Perpetuate Docility, Stupidity and Brutality  (The Masses, New York, ca. 1911) 7 x 11”, 4pp. Illustrated with cartoon by John Sloan (signed J.S.), later famed for his “Ashcan School” drawings. Very rare offprint from the new militant Socialist periodical, The Masses.

The same year that the Boy Scouts, founded in England, made their American appearance, Kirkpatrick (later the Socialist candidate for Vice President of the United States) published his book, “War – What For?”, in which he attacked the Scouts as a militarist institution promoting capitalist exploitation of the working class. Months later, the new, illustrated Socialist radical magazine, The Masses, printed, in its second issue of February 1911, a Kirkpatrick article, which expounded on his book’s critique of the Scouts. After “many requests” for a separate printing of the piece, the magazine issued this leaflet, offered in bulk for $2.25 per thousand - an offer which apparently excited little interest, as WorldCat locates no copy of the leaflet held by any American institution.

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Middle crease where folded; otherwise very good.

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