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Guide to the Socialist Labor Party Records TAM.056.003

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 26, 2018
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Socialist Labor Party
Title: Socialist Labor Party Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1879-1900
Abstract: 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).
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 2
Call Phrase: TAM.056.003