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    • Henson, William 1920-10-10

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; African Americans;
    • Note from Eugene V. Debs to Theodore Debs, 10/10/20. Tells Theodore Debs that he hopes God will help "keep this black boy with a white soul to freedom and to a human chance in the world."
    • Henson, William n.d.

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; African Americans;
    • Note from Eugene V. Debs to Theodore Debs, n.d. Tells Eugene V. Debs that Henson has been applying himself and doing his best to improve his mind.
    • Henson, William 1921-09-05

    • Fans (Persons); Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; Political prisoners; Prisons;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs, 9/5/21. Says that he received Theodore Debs' address from Eugene V. Debs. Tells Theodore Debs that he is writing so that he would write to him once in a while. Assures Theodore Debs that he has complete confidence in Eugene...
    • Brown, F 1925-12-20

    • Prisons; Henson, William;
    • Photocopy of letter to Theodore Debs on United States Penitentiary Atlanta, Georgia letterhead, 12/20/1925. Tells Theodore Debs that part of a package to William Henson has been delivered and what was not permissable is being handled as Theodore...
    • Brown, F 1926-01-11

    • Henson, William; Prisons;
    • Letter from Theodore Debs, 01/11/1926. Says that he is sending the packages back to Brown to send to Henson's wife. Remarks that the way the packages are handled at the prison the inmates rarely receive what is sent to them.
    • Brown, F 1926-01-06

    • Henson, William; Letters;
    • Letter to Theodore Debs on United States Penitentiary Atlanta, Georgia letterhead, 01/06/1926. Says that he made a mistake and sent him the contraband from William Henson's wife as well as from Theodore Debs. Asks that Theodore Debs send the...
    • Henson, William 1920-09-10

    • Thank-you notes; Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Poetry; United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 9/10/20. Says that he is writing Eugene V. Debs to thank him for all that he has done for him. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he has suffered a great deal since being imprisoned in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia....
    • Henson, William 1920-09-14

    • Fans (Persons); Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 9/14/20. Says that he is glad Eugene V. Debs liked his last letter. Writes that God loves Eugene V. Debs because he there is no evil in his heart. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he appreciates the way he spoke on his behalf...
    • Henson, William 1920-09-24

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Poetry;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 9/24/20. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he has made up his mind to be a better man. Writes that he never had a chance in life and that he hopes he will get that chance in the future. Says that when he was in the "hole" for...
    • Henson, William 1920-09-26

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; Prison reform; African Americans; Poetry;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 9/26/20. Says that he cannot stop writing Eugene V. Debs because he considers him such a dear friend. Writes that it was Eugene V. Debs who prevented him from going back into the hole. Tells Eugene V. Debs that when he was...
    • Henson, William 1920-10-06

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Political prisoners; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 10/6/20. Assures Eugene V. Debs that he is very interested in Eugene V. Debs' work. Mentions that he read about Eugene V. Debs' trial in Cleveland, Ohio. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he would like to see him in the White...
    • Henson, William 1920-10-10

    • Fans (Persons); Political prisoners; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Poetry; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 10/10/20. Says that Eugene V. Debs is both a mother and a father to him. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he loves him as a son loves his father. Writes that while the Democrats would like to keep Eugene V. Debs in prison he...
    • Henson, William 1920-10-16

    • Fans (Persons); Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 10/16/20. Writes that he is disappointed that the warden refused to see him. Says that he does not know how he is to get out of prison if no one will allow him to demonstrate that he has changed. Tells Eugene V. Debs that...
    • Henson, William 1920-11-08

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Poetry; Working class -- United States; Presidential elections -- United States;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 11/8/20. Says that he would not have known what to do if Eugene V. Debs had not have helped him. Writes that he has asked God to give Eugene V. Debs great power to win his battle for socialism. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he...
    • Henson, William 1920-11-17

    • Fans (Persons); Prisoners; African Americans; Thank-you notes; Poetry; Thanksgiving Day;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 11/17/20. Says that he is writing to thank Eugene V. Debs for the cigars he sent him. Expresses the hope that Eugene V. Debs has a pleasant Thanksgiving. Includes a poem titled "A Great Man" to Eugene V. Debs.
    • Henson, William 1921-03-27

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; African Americans; Pardon;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 3/27/21. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he hopes to be out of prison by 1927. Asks that Eugene V. Debs try to help him get out before then. Says that he would like to read a book containing Eugene V. Debs' history.
    • Henson, William 1921-04-13

    • Fans (Persons); African Americans; Prisoners; Poetry; Writing;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 4/13/21. Includes an essay titled "The Meaning of the Motto 'He Profits Most Who Serves Best'" saying that service not selfishness should be the guiding principle in modern life. Also includes a poem titled "That's Luck"...
    • Henson, William 1921-08-19

    • Fans (Persons); African Americans; Prisoners;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 8/19/21. Assures Eugene V. Debs that he is the only true friend he has in the world. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he is not a bad man, only a man who never had a chance.
    • Henson, William 1921-11-13

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; African Americans; Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; Political prisoners; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; Thanksgiving Day;
    • Letter to Eugene V. Debs, 11/13/21. Expresses the hope that Eugene V. Debs is released by Thanksgiving. Tells Eugene V. Debs that he wrote to Theodore Debs a few days ago and is waiting for a response. Writes that he hopes to see Eugene V. Debs...
    • Henson, William n.d

    • Fans (Persons); Henson, William; Prisoners; Prisons; Prison sentences; Prison reform; African Americans; United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia;
    • Note from Eugene V. Debs to Theodore Debs, n.d. Tells Theodore Debs that Henson had a ten year sentence in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia until he assaulted a guard in an escape attempt and received another ten years. Writes that...

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