In the Claws of the German Eagle

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Reverend Albert Rhys Williams (1883-1962) was an American labor organizer and journalist. In 1897 he was graduated from high school in Hancock, New York, and then he worked in a lumber yard in Apex, New York and a clothing store in Ohio until he was old enough to enter college. While he was studying in Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio from 1900 until 1904, he edited the college newspaper and helped organize a union for retail clerks. He edited a labor column for the Hartford Evening Post at the Hartford Theological Seminary (1904-07). While studying on a fellowship at Cambridge University and the University of Marburg, 1907-08, he met members of the British Labour Party and other socialists. From 1908 until 1914 he was a minister at the Maverick Congregational Church in east Boston. In 1922 he settled in Russia for six years traveling throughout the country, visiting villages and assessing the local impact of the revolution. He reported his findings in magazines such as the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, Yale Review, and Asia-and in a book entitled The Russian Land in 1928.
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