Jo-Ben's Uncle Sam
Philadelphia: Weber Print, No date [c. 1915]. Ryan WALKER (?). Wraps. [POLITICS] [U.S. SOCIALIST PARTY.] Cover title: Jo-Ben’s Uncle Sam. Come on Fellow Citizens, We’ve Another Job On Hand, Price 10 cts.
12mo (7 3/8” x 4 ½”); 31, pp; relief printed pictorial wrapper in red and navy, a poem on rear wrapper; 2 staple binding; light vertical crease; near fine. None located in OCLC. Scarce. Near fine. Item #1271
Joseph B. Allen of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is listed as a member of the 1915 National Committee of the Socialist Party of America. (The American Socialist, Vol. 1, No. 36, March 20, 1915.) The booklet presents the argument for socialism as a dialogue between a Citizen and Uncle Sam. In an orderly manner, Uncle Sam argues for socialism and against capitalism. One concern raised by Citizen is socialism interference in religious practice. Uncle Sam reassures Citizen and used "the Brigham Young-Smoot idea of marriage" practiced in Mormonism as an example. A poem by Charles Williams is printed on the rear wrapper, and begins, “In days of old, poor men were sold Like sheep on market day; Their children forced by tyrant’s curse To slave their lives away.”.