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Thursday, July 6 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Rise and Fall of the Socialist Party

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At its peak in 1912, the Socialist Party had 150,000 members. When Leon Trotsky described it as a party of “successful dentists,” he had a point. It was a party some accused of promoting “sewer socialism,” and some of its more conservative leaders, like Milwaukee’s Victor Berger, held positions antithetical to socialism, including opposing Asian immigration and considering Blacks a “lower race.” But the party also had a left wing that included radicals like Big Bill Haywood, Eugene Debs, Louis Fraina and John Reed—the latter two becoming founding members of the U.S. communist movement. This presentation will trace the party’s history to show both the hidden vitality of U.S. socialism, as well as its problems and limitations.

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Thursday July 6, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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