League for Industrial Democracy

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The League for Industrial Democracy was a leftist group that came into existence in 1921 when the Intercollegiate Socialist Society re-named itself. It was active until the 1930s, when Socialists mostly left the party, joined the Democractic Party and supported the New Deal Coalition. The group did not cease to exist however, it remained alive by the charity of a few of its remaining leaders.[1]

The League for Industrial Democracy had few initiatives during the 40's and 50's, however, they did reconstitute their student wing in 1945 which was called the SLID, or Student League for Industrial Democracy.


Student League for Industrial Democracy

Formed in 1945[1], the SLID(And LID) had a major breakthrough when they merged with another little group called the "Schactmanites" who were led by Max Shachtman. One of the promising new radicals that came into the group was Michael Harrington. In the early 60's, the SLID changed their name to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and became the genesis of the New Left campus unrest of the 1960s.

Important members

Important members of the LID include:


  1. 1.0 1.1 (2007) Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History, Volume 1. New York: Taylor & Francis, 795-796. 

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