Lionel Youst

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Progressive Thoughts: Essays and Reviews

A series of essays by Lionel Youst which originally appeared in the Advocate, a monthly journal of opinion published at Coos Bay, Oregon. Includes essays on Montaigne, Pepys, Adam Smith, Balzac, Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman, Jack London, Clarence Darrow, John Steinbeck, George McGovern, and Barak Obama, each of whom were important in the author's continuing education over a period of more than 70 years.

Praise for Progressive Thoughts (from the back cover of the book):

This collection is one man's unique, wonderfully readable, and praiseworthy effort to tell his story of our past and to speak the truth as he sees it. . . . These essays have made me want to read more about each of Lionel's Liberal heroes, and they have inspired me to think more deeply about my Liberal beliefs. Nathan Douthit, Emeritus Professor, History, Southwestern Oregon Community College

In this delightful collection of thoughtful reviews, Lionel Youst gives us valuable perspective -- and inspiration to build a progressive future of social justice. Elvin Wyly, Associate Professor, Urban Georgraphy, University of British Columbia

Dear Lionel . . . it is really something to find things like this happening in this country. So thank you for doing t his and I feel much encouraged. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology, Graduate Center City University of New York

Progressive Thoughts: Essays and Reviews, by Lionel Youst
124 pages; photos; index; endnotes
ISBN 978-0-9726226-4-6
$17.00 US

Selected Works
by Lionel Youst

Labor History
"The Wobblies, Solidarity Forever" (first published North Country Anvil, no. 13, November, 1974). "How Dad Joined the One Big Union." "Wobblie Martyrs: Coos Bay, Centralia, Salt Lake City." "George McGovern." "IWW in Coos County."
An account of author's father, George Youst, a logger who joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) at Centralia Washington in 1918. The violence of the Armistice Day Parade November 1, 1918 is described, when logger and IWW organizer Wesley Everest was castrated and hanged by an ultra-patriot mob. The article follows Wesley Everest's career as union organizer from 1912 to his death by lynching, and the author's subsequent employment in logging camps during the 1950's.
Harry Bridges, founding president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) was persecuted by the antilabor establishment for more than 30 years (approx. 1935-65). One of the weapons used against him was his estranged wife, Agnes. This article follows the shameless exploitation by the Justice Department and certain employer's organizaitons of their soured relationship.
A series of fifteen essays on the works and personalities who were most influential in the author's liberal education.
An series of articles and first person accounts of the rescue and attempted rescue of persons lost in the forested 900 square miles of the Coos River drainage over the years from 1871 to 2000.
A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the small sawmill in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956
The story of a Coos Indian woman born on a tidal slough on the Oregon Coast in 1860.
The compelling life story of an Upper Coquelle Athabaskan Indian who lived almost 100 years.
Local History
Local wilderness homesteads, 1875 to 1955. 160 photos, verbatim interviews. For copies contact author at

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