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An Anthology of the Literature
of Social Protest

THE WRITINGS OF PHILOSOPHERS, POETS,

NOVELISTS,

SOCIAL REFORMERS, AND OTHERS WHO HAVE
VOICED THE STRUGGLE AGAINST

SOCIAL INJUSTICE

SELECTED FROM TWENTY-FIVE LANGUAGES
Covering a Period of Five Thousand Years

Edited by

UPTON SINCLAIR

Author of "Sylvia,” “The Jungle," Etc.

With an Introduction by
JACK LONDON

Author of "The Sea Wolf," "The Call of the Wild."
"The Valley of the Moon," Etc., Etc.

ILLUSTRATED WITH REPRODUCTIONS
OF SOCIAL PROTEST IN ART

PUBLISHED BY

UPTON SINCLAIR

NEW YORK CITY AND PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

Dr. John R. Haynes, of Los Angeles, very generously
purchased from the publishers the plates and copyright
of this book, in order to make possible the issuing of
this edition. I asked Dr. Haynes if he would let me
make acknowledgment to him in the book, and he
answered: "Dedicate the book to those unknown ones,
who by their dimes and quarters keep the Socialist
movement going; to the poor and obscure people who
sacrifice themselves in order to bring about a better
world, which they may never live to see. Write this as
eloquently as you can, and it will be the best possible
dedication to 'The Cry for Justice'."

I decided, after thinking it over, to combine my own
idea with the idea of Dr. Haynes.

Copyright, 1915, by
THE JOHN C. WINSTON Co.

THI

Introduction by Jack London

HIS anthology, I take it, is the first edition, the first gathering together of the body of the literature and art of the humanist thinkers of the world. As well done as it has been done, it will be better done in the future. There will be much adding, there will be a little subtracting, in the succeeding editions that are bound to come. The result will be a monument of the ages, and there will be none fairer.

Since reading of the Bible, the Koran, and the Talmud has enabled countless devout and earnest right-seeking souls to be stirred and uplifted to higher and finer planes of thought and action, then the reading of this humanist Holy Book cannot fail similarly to serve the needs of groping, yearning humans who seek to discern truth and justice amid the dazzle and murk of the thought-chaos of the present-day world.

No person, no matter how soft and secluded his own life has been, can read this Holy Book and not be aware that the world is filled with a vast mass of unfairness, cruelty, and suffering. He will find that it has been observed, during all the ages, by the thinkers, the seers, the poets, and the philosophers.

And such person will learn, possibly, that this fair world so brutally unfair, is not decreed by the will of God nor by any iron law of Nature. He will learn that the world can be fashioned a fair world indeed by the humans who inhabit it, by the very simple, and yet most difficult process of coming to an understanding of the world. Understanding, after all, is merely sympathy in its fine correct sense. And such sympathy, in its genuineness, makes toward unselfishness. Unselfishness inevitably

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