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Published on Sep 27, 2012
As the 2012 presidential campaign gets in full swing, C‑SPAN brings you "The Contenders" -- a 14 part series that helps put America's present electoral politics in historical perspective. Reaching across time, political parties, and geography, "The Contenders" presents key figures who have run for president and lost, but changed political history nevertheless.
Eugene Victor Debs (November 5, 1855 -- October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the International Labor Union and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and several times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known socialists living in the United States.