Democratic Socialists of America

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Ann Arbor local of the Democratic Socialists of America.

From the description of Democratic Socialists of America/Ann Arbor records, 1980-1986. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 83950562

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) was founded in 1973 as the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and led by Michael Harrington (1928-1989), best known as the author of The Other America (1962) and became the DSA upon its merger with the New American Movement (a New Left youth organization) in 1982. Harrington and others who left the Socialist Party-Social Democratic Foundation over its support of the Vietnam War were among the principal founders of DSOC. DSA established chapters in virtually every state, including chapters at many colleges and universities, worked to build a progressive presence in the Democratic Party through its Democratic Agenda project, worked closely with progressive labor unions and leaders, feminists and others to promote a social democratic agenda and a peaceful foreign policy, and advocated for socialism while strongly criticising Communism. DSA also published Democratic Left, founded the Socialist Scholars Conference (now known as the Left Forum), and established the Insitute for Democratic Socialism. DSA is the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.

From the guide to the Democratic Socialists of America Records, Bulk, 1972-1995, 1940-2006 (bulk 1972-1995), (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Founded 1982 with merger of New America Movement and Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee.

From the description of Records, 1973-1983. (Wayne State University). WorldCat record id: 28417815

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) was formed in 1982 after a merger of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM). DSOC was formed in 1973 by a split in the Social Democrats USA; NAM was organized in 1971 by New Leftists. As a unified group, the DSA's ideology is based on a socialist conception of democracy. A key objective is to build a coalition of the major progressive forces in the United States, including trade unions, women's groups and minority organizations. Its tactics include grass-roots activity, working within existing mainstream institutions, and electoral politics within the left wing of the Democratic Party. The DSA is the U.S. affiliate to the Socialist International.

The structure of the DSA parallels that of the former DSOC. The decision-making bodies of the DSA consist of: the National Convention, which meets biennially; the National Board (NB), which meets between National Conventions and has the authority to charter local and regional organizations; the National Executive Committee (NEC), which meets between the National Boards and National conventions; and the National Interim Committee (NIC), a subcommittee of the NEC which meets between meetings of the NEC and is responsible for the supervision of all offices and staff of the organization. The National Board charters a Youth Section for full-time students age 30 and younger, which has its own locals and structured organization. The NB or the NEC can charter commissions. Members of the NEC serve as liaisons to the commissions and locals and can appoint committees (such as the NIC). Local and regional organizations, chartered by the NEC, carry out independent activities throughout the country.

Michael Harrington (1928-1989) was a U.S. socialist, editor, writer, founder and leader of DSA, and political leader best known for his book The Other America: Poverty in the United States 1962).

From the guide to the Democratic Socialists of America Audiocassette Collection, 1976-1996, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Harrington, Michael, 1928-. Papers, 1946-1990 (bulk 1960-1989). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Democratic Socialists of America Audiocassette Collection, 1976-1996 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn New American Movement Records, c. 1971-c. 1982 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Maurice Isserman Research Files for, The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, ., Bulk, 1970-1995, 1940-1995 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Democratic Socialists of America Records, Bulk, 1972-1995, 1940-2006 (bulk 1972-1995) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Democratic Socialists of America. Democratic Socialists of America/Ann Arbor records, 1980-1986. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Democratic Socialists of America. Records, 1973-1983. Wayne State University
referencedIn Connecticut Citizens Action Group Records., undated, 1964-2002 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Rabinowitz, Joni. Joni Rabinowitz papers, 1961-2008. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Frances Fox Piven Papers MS 238., 1957 - 2011 [ongoing] Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Shepherd, Robert Opie, 1950-. Papers of Robert Opie Shepherd relating to the Democratic Socialists of America, 1982-1990. University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn Baur, Edward Jackson, 1913-. [Baur family papers] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Michael Harrington Papers, Bulk, 1960-1989, 1946-1990, (Bulk 1960-1989) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Stephen Siteman Collection MS 503., 1976-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries
referencedIn Miller, James Knute, 1946-. James. K. Miller papers, 1966-1991. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Jacob Lofman Papers, 1928-1998 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Meier mss., 1927-2010 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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correspondedWith Bluestone, Irving person
associatedWith Clark, Jack, 1949- person
associatedWith Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (U.S.). corporateBody
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associatedWith Cosell, Howard, 1918-1995 person
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associatedWith Ehrenreich, Barbara person
associatedWith Fitrakis, Robert J., 1955- person
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Ann Arbor (Mich.)
United States
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Poverty--United States
Socialism--Societies, etc
Socialism
Labor movement--United States
Socialism--United States
Socialism--United States--Interviews
Labor--United States
Socialists
College students--Political activity--United States
Radicalism--United States
Right and left (Political science)
Political parties
Socialism--United States--Periodicals
New Left--United States
Labor unions and socialism--United States
Women and socialism--United States
Socialism and youth--United States
Socialist parties
Socialism--United States--History
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Active 1986

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