Heywood Broun (1888-1939)
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 7th December, 1888. His father was an
English immigrant who had developed a successful printing business in the city.
Broun entered Harvard University in 1906 where he became friends with Walter
Lippmann, John Reed and Alan Seeger.
After leaving Harvard in 1910, Broun found work as a sports reporter for the New
York Morning Telegraph. Two years later he joined the New York Tribune and
during the First World War worked as a foreign correspondent in France.
In 1921 Broun moved to the New York World where he began writing a column
entitled It Seems To Me. Over the next few years Broun campaigned against
censorship and racial discrimination and for academic freedom. He also supported
those like Margaret Sanger, John T. Scopes and D. H. Lawrence who were
persecuted in the United States for their political and social views.
His main preoccupation was with what he believed was the injustice of the
conviction of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco.
In 1930 Broun ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a socialist. Three years later
Broun was expelled from the Socialist Party after appearing with members of the
Communist Party at a rally demanding the release of Tom Mooney and the
Broun helped establish the American Newspaper Guild in 1933 and was elected its
Heywood Broun died in Stamford, Connecticut, on 18th December, 1939.