Beatty, Bessie, 1886-1947

California journalist and author. While still in college, Beatty was hired as a reporter by the Los Angeles Herald. She traveled to Nevada, to cover a miner's strike, and stayed in Nevada for a year, where she authored Who's Who in Nevada: Brief Sketches of the Men Who are Making History in the Sagebrush State (Los Angles: Home Printing Co., 1907) before moving to San Francisco, where she lived with Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder). Hired as a reporter by Fremont Older for the San Francisco Bulletin, Beatty was soon writing under her own byline. She was active in women's suffrage campaigns in California and was an early supporter of Thomas Mooney and the other victims of the Preparedness Day bombing frame up. Beatty served as a foreign war correspondent for the Bulletin during World War One and traveled the trans-Siberian railroad to Russia in 1917. Along with John Reed and Louise Bryant she witnessed major events of the Russian Revolution, met Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin,and spent some time with the Russian Battalion of Death, a fighting group made up entirely of women. In 1918 Beatty wrote a sympathetic account of the Russian revolution, chronicling her time in Russia, The Red Heart of Russia (New York: The Century Co., 1918). Back in the United States she protested against US intervention, supported recognition of the Soviet state, and whencalled before the 1919 Senate Overman Committee, defended the Russian Revolution and revolution in general. From 1918-1921 she was editor of McCall's Magazine and she later (1940) was a radio news broadcaster with her own show. Her other works include, A Political Primer for the New Voter (San Francisco: Whitaker & Ray-Wiggin Co., 1912) and What Will Women Do to Repay Hiram Johnson? (1914).

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