1920, January 10: Agent Farrell, BOI, St. Louis, MO, "STATEMENT OF EVE ZLOTCHEVER ADAMS"

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William F. Farrel, Agent, Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, St. Louis, MO, "STATEMENT OF EVA ZLOTCHEVER ADAMS," January 10, 1920. Three pages.

Significant Content:
Major three-page document recording Agent Farrel interviewing Eve about her political views, acts, and life. This is followed by a second agent's interview of Eve. These documents are of major importance because in them Eve speaks, although within a specific context.

Page One
Eve: "I worked in a shirt waist factory in New York k City," for a "Mr. Halperin," for two-and-a-half or three years. If Eve began work for Mr. Halperin when she arrived her years in his shirtwaist factory would have been from about 1912-1915.

What were "shirt waists" or "shirtwaists"?

Shirtwaist factories, 1900-1920. Is it possible to identify the shirtwaist factory owned or run by a "Mr. Halperin"?

"The Ladies Waist Makers Union". See Eve's statement on page 2 below that she belonged to the "Shirt Waist Union."

Then Eve worked for The Big Stick and The Liberator. She received a dollar for each subscription.

Research The Big Stick (Der Groyser Kundes); The Liberator (socialist publication). Does The Big Stick ever mention Eve? The Liberator does (see Katz, The Daring).

Eve says she entered the U.S. under the name of "Zlotchever. I took on the name of [PAGE TWO] Adams because Zlotchever is so hard to pronounce."

Page Two

Asked, "Do you believe in One Big Union?" (the I.W.W.), Eve answers "I believe in unions."

Research The I.W.W. (The Industrial Workers of the World) and the Bureau of Investigation's response.

Asked what organizations she belongs to, she answers "I did belong to the Shirt Waist Union when I was working."

Asked, did you ever attend any radical lectures or meetings?" Eve answers, yes, that, in New York, she "went to hear Max Eastman and Debs talk," and Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman.

Research: Eastman, Berkman, and Goldman, Debs.

Page Three
Eve heard Martens talk in Chicago.

Research: Ludwig C.A.K. Martens, the official representative of the Russian Soviet Federated Republic. See https://www.jstor.org/stable/41882275?seq=1

Eve is asked if she read "The Melting Pot" and she says yes. She is being questioned in St. Louis at the time so the reference is most probably to The Melting Pot, a socialist periodical published in St. Louis, MO.
See: https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp57731
Also see: The Melting Pot (St. Louis-based "magazine of protest", ran ca. 1913-1920) (partial serial archives) via https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/browse?type=title&key=The%20Melting%2DPot&c=x   

Research: There are additional references to The Melting-Pot (New York: American Jewish Book Co., 1921), by Israel Zangwill (Gutenberg text) There was also a periodical. 

Eve is asked how old she was when she arrived in the U.S. and she says: "I refuse to answer." Research: Why would Eve refuse to answer this question?

Eve says she stayed in New York five years after she arrived  (that would be 1912-1017).

Eve's questioning is continued by Agent Deuber, see the following two pages of documents.