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Time Capsule: SWP’s Farrell Dobbs Predicts Dewey Victory in ’48

Time Capsule: SWP’s Farrell Dobbs Predicts Dewey Victory in ’48

Farrell Dobbs, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for President, predicted that Republican Thomas E. Dewey would capture the White House on this day in 1948.  Dewey was leading President Truman by double digits in most public opinion polls at the time. Speaking at a press conference in Pittsburgh, the soft-spoken Dobbs, conceding that his own […]

Darcy Richardson's New Book About the Prohibition Party Released for Amazon Kindle

Darcy Richardson’s New Book About the Prohibition Party Released for Amazon Kindle

“A Toast to Glory: The Prohibition Party Flirts With Greatness” is now available for Amazon Kindle. Darcy Richardson’s latest work is an examination of the 1932 Prohibition Party’s efforts to recruit a major-name candidate to serve as their Presidential nominee. For much of its history, the Prohibition Party has fancied itself as a significant entity […]

Time Capsule: People’s Party Candidate Promises ‘A Socialism that Fits America’

Time Capsule: People’s Party Candidate Promises ‘A Socialism that Fits America’

With a clenched fist and a fiery denunciation of all forms of discrimination, civil rights activist Margaret Wright of the Watts section of Los Angeles accepted the presidential nomination of the tiny People’s Party during this week in 1976.  Famed pediatrician and best-selling author Benjamin Spock, the left-wing party’s nominee for President four years earlier, was […]

Time Capsule: Harry Browne Skewers Ross Perot

Time Capsule: Harry Browne Skewers Ross Perot

The late Harry Browne, waging the first of two consecutive campaigns as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for the presidency, criticized Texas billionaire Ross Perot as “a political welfare queen” on this day in 1996. Browne, who qualified for federal matching funds during both of his bids for the White House but refused to accept them […]

Time Capsule: Promising a 'Hard War but a Happy Peace,' Clare Boothe Luce Declares for Congress

Time Capsule: Promising a ‘Hard War but a Happy Peace,’ Clare Boothe Luce Declares for Congress

In one of the most fascinating congressional races in the country that autumn, wealthy playwright Clare Boothe Luce, the glamorous wife of TIME, Life and Fortune founder and publisher Henry R. Luce, announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House from Connecticut’s fourth congressional district during this week in 1942. Considered one […]

Time Capsule:  People’s Party Picks Dr. Spock for President

Time Capsule: People’s Party Picks Dr. Spock for President

Dr. Benjamin Spock, the famous pediatrician and antiwar activist, was formally nominated for the presidency by the People’s Party forty years ago this weekend. Organized around opposition to the Vietnam War and originally co-chaired by novelist Gore Vidal and Spock himself, the People’s Party was a loose coalition of state and local parties, including California’s […]

Time Capsule: Barry Commoner Qualifies for Oregon Ballot

Time Capsule: Barry Commoner Qualifies for Oregon Ballot

Barry Commoner, a pioneer in the ecology movement and Citizens Party candidate for president, earned a spot on the Oregon ballot on this day in 1980 with a speech before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,100 cheering supporters in Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. The crowd, which included a visible contingent of Gray Panthers, the senior citizens advocacy […]

Time Capsule: Farmer-Labor Party’s Norma Lundeen Seeks Late Husband’s Seat in U.S. Senate

Time Capsule: Farmer-Labor Party’s Norma Lundeen Seeks Late Husband’s Seat in U.S. Senate

Minnesota’s Norma Lundeen, widow of the Farmer-Labor Party’s Ernest Lundeen, an isolationist who was later accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, unexpectedly entered the race for her late husband’s U.S. Senate seat on this day in 1942. Lundeen’s husband, who had been tragically killed in a plane crash near the foothills of the Blue Ridge […]

Time Capsule: John Dewey’s Liberal Group Endorses Socialist Ticket in ‘32

Time Capsule: John Dewey’s Liberal Group Endorses Socialist Ticket in ‘32

Gathering in Cleveland for its third annual convention, the League for Independent Political Action (LIPA) adopted a comprehensive platform and endorsed the Socialist Party’s Norman M. Thomas for the presidency on this week in 1932. Led by the brilliant but rumpled left-wing philosopher John Dewey of Columbia University, an early signatory of the Humanist Manifesto, […]

Time Capsule: CPPA Formally Backs ‘Fighting Bob’ for President

Time Capsule: CPPA Formally Backs ‘Fighting Bob’ for President

Meeting in Cleveland’s Municipal Auditorium on this day in 1924, the Conference for Progressive Political Action (CPPA) formally nominated the ailing Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin for president by acclamation. Gathering on the 148th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the CPPA convention was a sight to behold, a seemingly “strange and timeless mixture […]