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The Free Comrade
Article published on 24 March 2009
last modification on 27 August 2009

by r-c.
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"An Utterance of the Free Spirit". 1900-1912

I, 1-6 Ed. C. L. Swartz, Wellesley, Mass.

Pub.: P. A. Ballou

1900-1902 Ed.: J. William Lloyd, Westfield, N.J.

1901: Ed.: J. Wm Lloyd & L. D. Abbott, both of Westfield, N.J.

New series, vol. 1, n. 1-6 (Jan.-Nov. 1900) bimonthly

n.s. vol. 2, n. 1-6 (Jan.-Dec. 1901) bimonthly

n.s. vol. 3, n.1-12 (Jan.-Dec. 1902) monthly. Suspended in 1903.

n.s. vol. 1, n. 1-9 (July 1910-March 1911)

n.s. vol. vol. 2, n. 1-5 (July-Nov. 1911)

3d series vol. I, 1 (May 1912).

The Free Comrade began existence as a department of C. L. Swartz.

The paper underscored all lines of agreement between anarchists. The new Free Comrade presented itself as "the organ of the Larger Socialism, of the Free Comradeship of all who liberate, of all workers and dreamers of the New Time".

The comradeship of Free Socialists " invites to its members all Anarchists, Socialists, Communists, Single-Taxers, Collectivists, Cooperators, advocates of votes for women, of the Simple Life, of the Organization of Labor, - heretics, reformers and revolutionaries of every ilk" (July 1910, n.s. vol. I, n. 1). It intended to be in the spirit of Shelley, William Morris, Walt Whitman, Edward Carpenter: " ’Leaves of Grass’ and ’Towards Democracy’ are the scriptures of our movement (ibid.).

New York Public Library (B. R. Tucker’s Coll.); Library of Congress; Labadie Collection

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