Guide to the Socialist Party (U.S.) Correspondence, 1902-1947


Guide to the Socialist Party (U.S.) Correspondence, 1902-1947


The Socialist Party of America was established on 29 July 1901 as a result of a merger between the moderate wing of the Socialist Labor Party and the Social Democratic Party. For most of its turbulent history, the Socialist Party has been reformist in its political attitudes and democratic in its organization. Until the mid 1950s, the Socialist Party advocated trade unionism, supported an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary conversion to socialism, and endorsed progressive, as well as socialist candidates for public office. In addition to the sizable amount of correspondence, the collection also contains minutes, mimeographed reports, bulletins, constitutions and by laws, financial papers, ephemeral printed matter, circular letters, form letters, political platform statements, lists, resolutions, memoranda, and press releases. The bulk of the material is from the New York City and New York State organizations, respectively, and coverage is strongest for the factional struggles of the early to mid-1930s between the "Old Guard" and the "Militants."

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