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The National Ripsaw

1903-1918


St. Louis, 1903-1918

The National Rip-Saw was a monthly tabloid newspaper published in St. Louis, Missouri. The paper was launched early in 1903, although issues prior to 1908 have apparently not survived.

The publication was edited by Seth McCallen (pseudonym Col. Dick Maple). McCallen, who lived variously in Jacob, Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee, was one of the most reprehensible and vile racists in the history of the Socialist Party of America and a number of articles in the issues from 1908 sound as if they were written by an unreconstructed Ku Klux Klan member. After McCallen-Maple suffered a severe stroke in 1909, publisher Phil Wagner seems to have taken over the editor’s chair and attenuated the racist bilge considerably. The publication is filled with adds for patent medicine, bizarre electro-magnetic medical devices, and other pharmacological bunkum and resembles Wilshire’s Magazine in size and feel.

In later years the publication was closely associated with Katherine and Frank O’Hare, joined on the staff by Eugene V. Debs for several years during the 1910s.

The National Rip-Saw supported the Socialist Party’s anti-militarist program even after American entry into World War I in 1917. It lost its mailing privileges for political reasons in 1918 and terminated publication.

Tim Davenport
Corvallis, OR
July 2019

 



1908

Vol. 4, No. 2, April, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 3, May, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 4, June, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 5, July, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 6, August, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 7, September, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 8, October, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 9, November, 1908

Vol. 4, No. 10, December, 1908


1909

Vol. 5, No. 11, January, 1909

Vol. 5, No. 60, February, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 63, May, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 64, June, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 65, July, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 66, August, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 67, September, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 68, October, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 69, November, 1909

Vol. 6, No. 70, December, 1909




Last updated on 30 April 2019