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Guide to the Socialist Labor Party Records
||Socialist Labor Party.
||Socialist Labor Party Records
||The Socialist Labor Party (SLP), was founded in 1877. By the early 1890s, its moderate
leadership was ousted by a militant group headed by Daniel De Leon that advocated
revolutionary unionism and independent political action for an immediate revolutionary
conversion to an industrial democracy, and that foreswore alliances with other groups
to achieve reform measures. The decline of the SLP dates from the winter of 1900 when
a group of moderates, led by Morris Hillquit, split from the party and gathered in
Rochester, New York, for a special convention and adopted a more gradualist, reform-oriented
program. Eventually Hillquit and his followers joined the Social Democratic Party
in organizing the Socialist Party of America in 1901. The collection contains forty
subject files, of which 32 pertain to SLP state chapters, 7 to the national organization,
with one miscellaneous file. The files contain minutes, correspondence, circular letters,
articles, lists, and financial papers. The bulk of the materials pertain to the factional
conflict between the De Leon and Hillquit groupings.
Note: the collection has been microfilmed, and researchers must use the microfilm
copy (R-7124, reel 4).
||0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
|Mixed materials [Box]: