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THE APPEAL TO REASON AND THE FAILURE OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY IN 1912

Robert Tuttle
Mid-American Review of Sociology
Vol. 8, No. 1 (SPRING 1983), pp. 51-81
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23252864
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THE APPEAL TO REASON AND THE FAILURE OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY IN 1912
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Abstract

One of the classic problems studied by social scientists is why there is no socialism in the United States. The Socialist Party has not been a significant political force since the early twentieth century. A content analysis of the Appeal to Reason, the most popular Socialist newspaper of this era, reveals weaknesses in the Socialist Party's methods for inaugurating socialism. The Socialist Party did not offer a distinct alternative to the major parties because it moderated its demands in order to appeal to middle class voters. The major parties absorbed these liberal policies and the Socialist Party lost its strength.

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