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Carleton Beals



Margaret Mackenzie asked me if Carleton Beals was still well known. The question took me back 60 years, when I knew his brother Ralph Beals, a well-known anthropologist at UCLA. I must ask Margaret if he is remembered. Both brothers are now generally forgotten. I do not remember Carleton, who was a radical journalist born in 1893, about whom one may consult .John A.Britton, Carleton Beals: A Radical Journalist in Latin America (1987).

Here are the titles of some of his books; they speak for themselves: Banana Gold, Con Sandino en Nicaragua, Great guerrilla warriors, The crime of Cuba, The nature of revolution, The story of Huey P. Long, The great revolt and its leaders: The history of popular American uprisings in the 1890s, translation of Juan Jose, Arévalo, Anti-Kommunism in Latin America; an X-ray of the process leading to new colonialism, Latin America: world in revolution, Eagles of the Andes; South American struggles for independence, Cyclone Carry, the story of Carry Nation, Nomads and empire builders; native peoples and cultures of South America, Brass-knuckle crusade; the great Know-Nothing conspiracy, 1820-1860, John Eliot, the man who loved the Indians (July 3l, 1604-May 20, 1690), War within a war; the Confederacy against itself, The coming struggle for Latin America, American earth; the biography of a nation, Glass houses, ten years of free-lancing, Preliminary Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials.The case of Leon Trotsky; report of hearings on the charges made against him in the Moscow trials, by the Preliminary Commission of Inquiry, John Dewey, chairman, Carleton Beals (resigned), Otto Ruehle, Benjamin Stolberg, Suzanne La Follette, secretary [fascinating! Why did Carleton Beals resign? Ella Wolfe knew Trotsky, and she must have known Carleton Beals; they had similar ideas]. America south, The crime of Cuba, with 31 aquatone illustrations from photographs by Walker Evans, Porfirio Diaz, dictator of Mexico, Destroying Victor, The stones awake; a novel of Mexico, Rome or death; the story of fascism, The church problem in Mexico.

From this incomplete list of his publications, it is clear that he was prolific writer as well as a crusader. He was connection with The Nation group. He was in favor of the underdog, in the US as well as in Latin America. He had therefore a special interest in the Indian countries, from Mexico to the Andes. He was popular among Latin American leftists, and several of his books were translated. I would be grateful if Latin American WAISers would tell us if he is remembered there. Here is is forgotten. What price glory?

Ronald Hilton - 3/23/02


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