The American Socialist Tradition: I

1770–1880

This piece will be the first of four that show the history of Democratic Socialism in the United States. Each will outline the contributions and stories of historical figures who pushed the envelope forward in the pursuit of a better society

America is unique in world politics. Most left wing parties in western countries were Labour Parties. This wasn’t true in the US. Socialism is also far more taboo in the United States than in Europe and elsewhere. This dynamic has been at play for literal centuries. Despite this, the US has…