Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the developer and namesake of Los Angeles’s Wilshire Boulevard, has often been referred to as a “millionaire socialist.” This article explores Wilshire’s understanding of and commitment to socialism. It also looks at his attitudes toward women, race, and labor, while illuminating the contradictions implicit in the conduct of his business enterprises on the one hand and his espousal of socialism on the other.
Henry Gaylord Wilshire: At the Barricades for Socialism and Amour
Mark W. Nelson is a member of the adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate University in 2012. He is currently completing a manuscript on the role played by Marriner S. Eccles during the New Deal.
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Mark W. Nelson; Henry Gaylord Wilshire: At the Barricades for Socialism and Amour. Southern California Quarterly 1 February 2014; 96 (1): 41–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2014.96.1.41
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