A Guide to the Carl and Laura Brannin Letters, 1922-1925, 1955-1969
Born to Lewis and Catherine Brannin in Cisco, Texas, Carl Philip Brannin (1888-1985) received his B.S. degree in textile engineering from Texas A & M University in 1909. Deeply influenced by Henry George’s single-tax theory, he helped people find employment and organized classes on George, Upton Sinclair, and Walter Rauschenbusch at the Dallas YMCA. In 1914, Carl became editor of the newspaper People’s Press at the People’s Church and secretary of the lobby group People’s Power League in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1918, Carl married fellow People’s Church member and lobbyist Laura Haeckl (1888-1965), the daughter Joseph and Elizabeth Haeckl. Throughout the 1920s, the couple traveled extensively, while Carl worked with the labor news service the Federated Press and served as director of the Seattle Labor College. In 1933, Carl, Laura, and their son Robert moved to Dallas, where Carl unsuccessfully ran as the Socialist Party’s candidate for governor of Texas. Joining the Democratic Party in 1938, Carl helped establish the Dallas Civil Liberties Union and served as an executive committee member of the Dallas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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Comprising correspondence, notes, and newspaper clippings, the Carl and Laura Brannin Letters, 1922-1925, 1955-1969, document the Brannins’ experiences traveling in Europe, North America, and Asia. Letters from the couple to their family, friends, and periodicals in the United States discuss their observations of the government, industries, politics, religion, and other cultural aspects with emphasis on labor movements, the worker’s lot, and the exploitation or oppression of individuals and groups in places visited, including Texas, Mexico, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Britain, Czechoslovakia, Israel, and Hong Kong. Additionally, the newspaper clippings draw from the content of the letters.
This collection is open for research use.
Carl and Laura Brannin Letters, 1922-1925, 1955-1969, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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