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  Russell, Charles Edward
NameCharles Edward Russell
New York, New York , United States
Born September 25, 1860
Died April 23, 1941 (80 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedSesel
Aug 18, 2012 12:54am
InfoCharles Edward Russell was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1860. After an education at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, Russell joined his father, who was editor of the Davenport Gazette. In 1881 he moved to the Minneapolis Journal, and during the next twenty years worked for the Detroit Tribune, the New York World, the New York Herald and the Chicago Examiner.

In 1905 Russell wrote an article entitled The Greatest Trust in the World for Everybody's Magazine. The article revealled how the Beef Trust had used its economic position to increase the price of beef. At the same time Russell argued that the development of technology had substantially reduced the cost of producing meat. He followed this with Lawless Wealth (1908), a book about the American Tobacco Trust.

William Randolph Hearst, the owner of Cosmopolitan also employed Russell. Articles written by Russell for the magazine included two collections of articles: At the Throat of the Republic (December, 1907 - March, 1908) and What Are You Going to Do About It? (July, 1910 - January, 1911). Other articles written by Russell for Cosmopolitan included The Growth of Caste in America (March, 1907) and Colarado - New Tricks in an Old Game (December, 1910).

Other investigations carried out by Russell included Georgia's prison system (Everybody's Magazine, June, 1908) and how big business controlled the content of newspapers (Pearson's Weekly, How Business Controls News, May, 1914). A member of the Socialist Party, on two occasions he was unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected as Governor of the State of New York.

Russell wrote several books including The Uprising of Many (1907), Why I Am a Socialist (1910), These Shifting Scenes (1914), the Pulitzer Prize winning, The American Orchestra and Theodore Thomas (1927) and an autobiography, Bare Hands and Stone Walls (1933). Charles Edward Russell died in 1941.


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