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Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the Education of the Poor of America

Palmer, Bill (2006). Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the Education of the Poor of America. In: Milutinovic, Veljko International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research, New York, 3-6 July 2006.

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Author Palmer, Bill
Title Emanuel Haldeman-Julius and the Education of the Poor of America
Conference Name International Conference on Advances in the Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research
Conference Location New York
Conference Dates 3-6 July 2006
Conference Publication Title VIPSI - 2006 - New York
Editor Milutinovic, Veljko
Place of Publication Belgrade, Serbia
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 86-7466-117-3   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 14
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Emanuel Haldeman-Julius was born in Philadelphia in 1889, the son of poor Russian immigrants. Emanuel did not achieve much at school and worked in various jobs until he found his niche as a reporter for a variety of socialist newspapers. He married a wealthy heiress, became a publisher and eventually achieved fame and wealth. The cornerstone of his success was producing little blue books selling at five cents each. Eventually he published 500 million copies of these books which the poor were able to buy because of their low price. It is argued that Haldeman-Julius's publications made a major contribution to the cultural background, both scientific and literary, of the period in the United States of America. His little blue books were bought by children as the cheapest source of information. They were also purchased by working men intent on self advancement. The booklets reflected his general view and that of his authors, being socialist in politics and athiest in religious outlook. They promoted sex education, evolutionary theory and a wide range of excellent literature. However even with Haldeman-Julius's knowledge of and enthusiasm for evolution, he failed to see the demise of the little blue books, which did not change sufficiently over time.
 
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