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The American LeftIts Impact on Politics and Society since 1900$
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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668878

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668878.001.0001

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Socialists in Congress

Socialists in Congress

(p.38) Chapter 4 Socialists in Congress
The American Left

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Edinburgh University Press

Only five members of Congress have consistently described themselves as socialist: Victor Berger, Meyer London, Vito Marcantonio, Ronald Dellums and Bernard Sanders. This has encouraged the widespread belief (except in conservative circles) that socialism failed in America. However, many more members of Congress voted for measures that conservatives insisted were socialist and that Europeans would thus label. The two main parties have adopted popular planks from the platform of the Socialist Party of America (SPA), and the majority of these planks have entered the statute books.

Keywords:   SPA, Victor Berger, Meyer London, Congress

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