The Story of an American who died in the cause of Iranian Freedom and Independence
Howard Conklin Baskerville was born in 1885 in North Platte, Nebraska. He arrived in Tabriz, Iran, in 1907 to teach at the Memorial School of the American Presbyterian Mission. In 1909, Baskerville joined the Iranian freedom fighters' struggle against despotism, having reportedly said: "The only difference between me and these people is my place of birth, and this is not a big difference." He was killed on April 19, 1909, and became the "American Martyr" of the Constitutional Revolution. This little book is the story of his engagement with the Constitutionalists, as told by the Iranian man of letters Sadeq Rezazadeh Shafaq (1892-1971), who was present when Baskerville was shot.