This collection contains 324 booklets from the Little Blue Book and related series published by the Haldeman-Julius Company
of Girard, Kansas in the mid-20th century.
The titles in the collection range from reprints of literary classics by authors such as ancient Greek tragedians, William
Shakespeare, and Ralph Waldo Emerson to contemporary writings by geologist Carroll Lane Fenton,
historian Will Durant. More than 150 authors are represented and the booklets often focus on topics such as free thought,
philosophy, religion, evolution, natural history, biographies of scientists and historical figures,
and guides and essays about philosophers and authors.
Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1889-1951) was an American social activist, journalist, and publisher. Haldeman-Julius was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1889, and became a member
of the Socialist part in the early 1910s. In 1915, he moved to Girard, Kansas, to edit the socialist paper The Appeal to Reason. Four years later, Haldeman-Julius,
his wife, and Louis Kopelin purchased the Appeal's printing plant and formed the Appeal Publishing Company. That year, the company began producing a small,
inexpensive booklet series titled The Appeal's Pocket Series. In 1922, the company became the Haldeman-Julius Company.
324 items in 6 boxes
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