Socialist millionaire, pacifist, and author of numerous psychology, sociology, and religious books and periodicals, Pryns Charles Hopkins (also known as Prince Charles Hopkins and Prynce Hopkins) was born March 5th, 1885 in Oakland, California to Charles Harris Hopkins and his third wife Mary Isabel Booth. After the passing of his father, Pryns invested his inheritance in leftist causes; was imprisoned for anti-war, though pro-German views of World War I; indicted and arrested for espionage; and investigated for his associations with other social reformers of his time, including the American writer Upton Sinclair and Russian emigre political activist Emma Goldman.
Hopkins founded two progressive schools for boys (Boyland, in Santa Barbara, from 1913-1917, and Chateau du Bures, also short-lived due to war and occupation). He lectured to adults; supported anti-smoking and family planning; and travelled extensively, touring and speaking in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He earned a BA from Yale, as well as a Masters' in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where he studied under Robert Thorndike, J. McKenn Cattel, Robert Wentworth, and John Dewey. He went on to earn a PhD from the University of London. He was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and the local United Nations Chapter. Hopkins died in 1970 at the age of 85 years, after making a final trip around the world.
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- Direct Wire To The Times. (1912, Aug 09). Prince Hopkins Settles It: Tells Santa Barbara Society People That Naughty Instincts Can Be Hypnotized Into Virtues. Los Angeles Times (1886-1922)
- Prince Hopkins, Millionaire, Jailed Under Espionage Act: Wealthy Proprietor Of "Boyland," Great Santa Barbara Estate, Arrested After Breathless Chase, Bareheaded, Through Downtown Streets. (1918, Apr 09). Los Angeles Times (1886-1922)
- Pacifist Paper May Help War: Maceration Of Prince Hopkins' Pamphlets Court's Idea. (1918, Sep 20). Los Angeles Times (1886-1922)
- Prince Charles Hopkins Takes Bride In London. (1921, Jan 13). New - York Tribune (1911-1922)
- "Socialist Millionaire's" Wedding. (1921, Jan 13). The Scotsman (1921-1950)
- Entre Nous Club Members Given Informal Party. (1934, Sep 15). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- World Fellowship Of Faiths: Congress To Be Held In London (1934, Dec 03). The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Force Urged To Return Peace By Visiting London Professor. (1940, Aug 07). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Display Ad 15 -- No Title. (1944, Jan 24). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Claremont Educator To Present Lecture. (1945, Apr 29). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Wiggam, A. (1945, Sep 07). Let's Explore Your Mind: Will Man Be Able To Cure All Diseases? Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960)
- Obituary 2 -- No Title. (1970, Aug 19). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- A Schooling During the 'Troubles'. (1980, Jun 06). The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Overy, R. (2009, May 10). Mass Unemployment, Scary Scientists, Looming Apocalypse... Are We Reliving the 1930s? The Historian Richard Overy Tells Bryan Appleyard Why We're Addicted To the Fear of Disaster. Sunday Times
- Appleyard, B. (2009, Jun 13). The End Ain't Nigh. The Weekend Australian Magazine
- See books and other publications by Pryns Hopkins that are held at Columbia University Libraries
- A Renaissance Prince: Prynce Hopkins. Noticias. Vol. LII. Issue 40. Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Published online, October 23, 2019.
- Gone Up in Smoke, 1948, Wikimedia Commons
- Prynce Hopkins, Wikimedia Commons
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries
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