Saturday, August 18, 2007
-From an address on Industrial Unionism delivered at Grand Central Palace. New York City, Dec. 18,1905.
Debs made his best-remembered statement at his sentencing hearing:
"Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."