League for Industrial Democracy

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The League for Industrial Democracy was a leftist group founded in 1905 by writers Upton Sinclair and Jack London and liberal Christian minister Norman Thomas, all of whom were members of the Socialist Party of America. It was active until the 1930s, when Socialists mostly left the party, joined the Democractic Party and supported the New Deal Coalition.

The League for Industrial Democracy had a student wing called the Student League for Industrial Democracy, which would go on to change their name to Students for a Democratic Society (SFS) in 1960 and become the genesis of the New Left campus unrest of the 1960s.

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