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Charles Rumford Walker, Jr. (July 31, 1894 – November 26, 1974) was an American historian, political scientist, and novelist. He specialized in the study of the history of the industrial worker. Charlie Walker (who’d marry and have children), was arrested in 1916 on an apparent morals charge, which usually meant public homosexual activity. In a letter dated December 1916, Russell Cheney included a newspaper clipping reporting that Charles Walker had paid a fine of five dollars and costs in police court “for violating the light ordinance.” In a handwritten note, Cheney added, “It’s Walker’s first offense evidently from the tactful wording of the discharge in his case.”
Walker was the son of Francis Sheafe and Charles Rumford Walker, Sr. born at Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Yale University in 1916, and served in the United States Army during World War I. He was associate editor of Atlantic Monthly (1922–1923), The Independent (1924–1925), and The Bookman (1928–29). One of his most notable books was American City: Rank and File View (1937). He also wrote Steel: The Diary of a Furnace Worker and a novel entitled Bread and Fire: A Novel. He died on November 26, 1974.
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