2 Socialist Party Norman Thomas Political Campaign Pinback Buttons & Ribbon
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2 Socialist Party Norman Thomas Political Campaign Pinback Buttons & Ribbon:
Offered here are 2 socialist political campaign pinback buttons: one ¾” Vote for Thomas Nelson Socialism and one ¾” Normal fight for Truth was a take off on Norman Thomas's name and how he spoke "Truth to Power", and one 6¼”x 2” red on white ribbon: Committee.
Norman Mattoon Thomas(November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968) was achieved fame as asocialist,pacifist, and for theSocialist Party of America.
It was Thomas' position as aconscientious objectorwhich drew him to theSocialist Party of America(SPA), a When SPA leaderMorris Hillquitmade his campaign forMayor of New Yorkin 1917 on an anti-war platform, Thomas wrote to him expressing his good wishes. To his surprise, Hillquit wrote back, encouraging the young minister to work for his campaign, which Thomas energetically did.Soon thereafter he himself joined the Socialist Party. Despite his membership in theMarxistSPA, Thomas was never himself an orthodox Marxist, instead favoring aChristian socialistorientation.
Thomas was the secretary (then an unpaid position) of the pacifistFellowship of Reconciliationeven before the war. When the organization started a magazine calledThe World Tomorrowin January 1918, Thomas was employed as its paid editor. Together with his co-thinkerDevere Allen, Thomas helped to makeThe World Tomorrowthe leading voice of liberal Christian social activism of its day.In 1921, Thomas moved to secular journalism, when he was employed as associate editor ofThe Nationmagazine.
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