Papers, mainly 1932-1972, related to the socialist movement in America the bulk of which consists of correspondence between members of various socialist organizations regarding common problems and materials related to Benson Perry and Frank Girard's 1991 book "The Socialist Labor Party: A Short History." Much of the material in the collection was accumulated by Perry through his involvement with socialist groups, especially in the Philadelphia area. The collection traces the evolution of an offshoot of Section Philadelphia of the Socialist Labor Party (SLP) as it and other splinter groups organized the Socialist Committee of Correspondence, eventually renamed Socialist Reconstruction, a loose federation of the various dissenting SLP sections. Also documented is the breakdown of Socialist Reconstruction and the development of the Philadelphia branch into an organization known as Philadelphia Solidarity. The tape recordings consist of interviews conducted by Girard and Perry and recordings of other SLP related speeches, debates, and conferences.
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