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Series XXV. Democratic Socialism

Scope and Content Notes:

A faction within the Socialist Party USA, led by Michael Harrington, founded the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1973. It began with a few hundred members growing to perhaps 6,000 in 1982 when it merged with the New American Movement (a New Left holdover) and renamed itself the Democratic Socialists of America. Despite its small numbers, the organization had some prominence owing to Harrington’s public persona as well the affiliation of such nationally visible politicians as Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders, Detroit congressmen George Crockett and John Conyers, and California congressman Ron Dellums.

Box 22
Folder 31 "What is Democratic Socialism" YDS, ca. 1990s