Socialist Party of America Records

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1897 - 1976
Socialist Party of America Records are available for a limited time through Proquest's Primary Source Access and Build program. This database provides an historical overview of the Socialist Party of America as it struggled to gain support and realize its goals, and primary sources for the study of the labor movement, civil rights, anti-war activities and the history of the “American left.” Documents in the collection include correspondence, position papers, memoranda, financial records, pamphlets and broadsides, and leaflets. The records in the collection reflect the party's internal disputes, including the 1919 split, which resulted in the formation of the American Communist Party. An important segment of the material focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the party's momentum was aided by social unrest and the concomitant increase in civil rights activities.