A Case Study in Due Process
James Kutcher’s involvement in the great events of his time was almost accidental, and for the most part passive. The son of a Newark fur worker, he graduated from high school during the depression, only to find that his father’s vanishing earnings made it impossible for him to go on to college and become a teacher as he had planned. Instead, he went to work. Only there was no work. For years he alternated between unemployment and odd jobs. He joined the Young People’s Socialist League and the Socialist party. In those organizations he appears to have been a conscientious but never in any sense a leading member, even locally in Newark. Then, for a short while, the American followers of Leon Trotsky joined the Socialist party. They were expelled after some months, but during their stay picked up a few recruits, of whom James Kutcher was one.
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