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.

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