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One of the earmarks of socialist thought and theory has been the fusion of economic and political philosophy with the concerns of the working class. Socialism in 20th-century America is unique in its ability to espouse and promote its ideals in an atmosphere of relative economic and political freedom by world standards.

One of the most important results of this freedom to flourish can be found in this comprehensive collection of literature. The 8,600 pamphlets included here preserve on microfilm the articulate and forceful protests of socialism against the societal ills that accompanied industrialization.

Students of political science, political philosophy, the labor movement, sociology, women's studies, and socialist theory will find this collection an invaluable primary source of raw material for the study of radical thought. The literature offers insight into the internal workings of many leading American socialist organizations such as the American Communist Party, the Socialist Labor Party, and The League for Industrial Democracy. In addition, a firsthand record of the personal opinions and aspirations of some of the most eminent social and political reformers of this century can be discovered and studied.

The majority of the pamphlets were written between 1900 and 1945, and cover a wide spectrum of subjects, such as:


  • the Scottsboro Case
  • women on socialism
  • trade unionism
  • anti-Semitism
  • crime
  • women in the work force
  • child labor
  • the McCarthy era

Most of the material is in English, but about three percent is in German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, or Yiddish. Also featured are English editions of primary works on Socialism and Marxism, and viewpoints of the Russian and Chinese Communist Parties. A few of the prominent authors included are Fidel Castro, Emma Goldman, Earl Browder, Nikolai Lenin, Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), Upton Sinclair, and Norman Thomas.

The material in this important collection originates from the Tamiment Library, which traces its roots to the Rand School of Social Science--one of the first and perhaps most important worker's schools in the world. Its holdings are recognized by scholars today as one of the most authoritative sources of radical literature ever assembled.

American socialism is a forceful ideology that has affected social, political, and economic life in the United States. It remains a vital political force today as well, making this collection of continuing importance for in-depth research into American socialist thought.

VOLUME EQUIVALENT: 8,600 pamphlets

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