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Submitted by Lawrence Gulotta (not verified) on Thu, 01/07/2021 - 15:21

The Cold War decimated the Socialists in the 1950s & 1960s. The Socialist Party ran Darlington Hoopes for President and Samual H. Friedman for Vice President, twice during the 50s. An embarrassing showing: under 10,000 votes on each occasion. Several local electoral campaigns which had spark: a former YPSL national secretary was elected to NYC's City Council runing as a Democrat, I believe. Richard Parish received 8,000 votes for local office in Harlem on the SP line in the early 60s. David Mc Reynolds ran on several occasions for local or state office (Peace & Freedom) and ran for President twice (SP line), receiving under 5,000 votes on each occasion. The SP had been reduced to under 1,500 members, its youth arm, the YPSL, went through several iterations. The Shachtman acolyte Paul Feldman, editor of the party paper NEW AMERICA, ran for District Leader on the Upper West Side of NY. The Local New York leadership supported Priscilla Ryan against Bella Abzug for US Representative.

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