Spargo, John (spärˈgō) [key], 1876–1966, American reformer and author, b. Cornwall, England. An early socialist, he was active in the Socialist party of the United States but resigned in 1917 because of its antiwar policy. With Samuel Gompers he organized (1917) the American Alliance for Labor and Democracy. He also founded a settlement house in Yonkers, N.Y. His many books include The Bitter Cry of the Children (1906), a biography of Karl Marx (1910), Applied Socialism (1912), The Psychology of Bolshevism (1919), and studies in Vermont history.
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