Rand School of Social Science

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Carrie Rand Herron

The Rand School of Social Science, or the Rand School of Social Research or Rand School for Socialists[1][2][3] was a school for radicals in New York, founded by George D. Herron and his wife Carrie Rand Herron[4] in 1906.[5]

Early in its existence, it was touted as a 'Workingmen's College.[6] Yale Review described it as 'A School of Socialism.'[7]

In 1918 and 1919, during the height of the Red Scare, it was the target of New York's Lusk Committee.[8] It was defended in court by the National Civil Liberties Bureau.[9][10][11][12]

The school did not at any time have any connection to the RAND Corporation.


  1. (1919) The Trial Of Scott Nearing And The American Socialist Society, 251. “I would found an institution for the teaching of the Social Sciences from the standpoint of Socialism. - Carrie A. Rand, Founder of the Rand School.” 
  2. (1913) The Masses, Volume 4, Issue 10, 18. “Where Socialism is Taught” 
  3. (1906) The Masses, Volume 4, Issue 10The Survey, Volume 16. 
  4. The New Encyclopedia of Social Reform. 
  5. (1921) Workers Education in the United States: Report of Proceedings First National Conference on Workers' Education in the United States, 25. 
  6. (1912) Stove Mounters' & Range Workers' Journal, Volumes 17-18, 394. 
  7. (1907) The Yale Review, Volume 15. 
  8. (1921) (vol. III-IV) Constructive movements and measures in America. New York (State). Legislature. Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities, Clayton Riley Lusk. 
  9. (1920) The American Labor Year Book, Volume 3. 
  10. (1920) A Political Guide for the Workers: Socialist Party Campaign, Book 1920. 
  11. The Rand School Case, The New Republic
  12. Bulletin ..., Issue 4, 8.