"I will try to place the socialist movement in Charleston and West Virginia into the context of the times and what they did. They made a positive addition to progress in America, more or less," Barkey said. "Socialism, communism or anarchism have been so demonized that even people who were part of those traditions tend to deny it."
Barkey also plans to discuss Gov. Henry Hatfield. In April and May 1913, shortly after he became governor, Hatfield raided, destroyed equipment and shut down the Huntington Labor Star and Charleston Labor Argus -- charging they were socialist-leaning newspapers.
Hatfield jailed strike leaders and socialist activists, Barkey said.
"But all these guys who were involved in the movement really considered themselves to be progressive Republicans," he said.
Barkey hopes his talk conveys "what working people were thinking about back then, especially in contrast to today.
"Back then, a great number of workers had a big vision of a better society in America. Socialists tried to capitalize on that and translate it into political victories.
"Things are much more limited today. People think about working within the parameters of the system, rather than about what systemic changes are needed," Barkey said. "That would make this nation a better place to live in."
West Virginia University Press published Barkey's book last year. It was completed in 1971, as his Ph.D. dissertation in history at the University of Pittsburgh.
Today, Barkey is professor emeritus at Marshall University's West Virginia Graduate College. He also taught history at the University of Charleston and West Virginia University's Institute of Labor Studies.
Tuesday's program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
People are encouraged to register before the lecture, but registration is not required. People may register by calling 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.