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Students for a Democratic Society Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Students for a Democratic Society


  • 1961-1969


0.63 Linear Feet (7.5 linear in.)

Biographical / Historical

Students for a Democratic Society was a successor to the Student League for Industrial Democracy, founded in 1930, which had merged with the National Student Union to form the American Student Union. A quiescent period followed World War II, but the 1960s saw a revival by new activist radicals, including James Farmer, who was a chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality. In 1964, the SDS outlined its ideals in the Port Huron Statement. It rejected Marxism and envisioned an established democracy consisting of individuals participating in social decision-making processes.

General Note

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of this organization.
General Note Records of this organization are held in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Contemporary Social Action Collection.
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