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National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party
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Socialist Party (U.S.). National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party - Image 21. 1917. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2253/show/2245.

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Socialist Party (U.S.). (1917). National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party - Image 21. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2253/show/2245

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Title National constitution and platform of the Socialist Party
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
Publisher National Office, Socialist Party
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Chicago, Illinois
Date 1917
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Socialism
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United States
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 22 pages; 16 cm.
Original Item Location HX89.S73 1917
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304513~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
File Name index.cpd
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Title Image 21
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Transcript PREAMBLE THE majority of the workers in America, whether rendering service by hand or brain, are victims of poverty, or near poverty; are insecure in their employment and ever live in fear of want. This is the fact because they are underpaid. The wages or salaries they receive are only a small part of the wealth or value they produce and such wages or salaries are insufficient to maintain a decent standard of life. Poverty of the masses, in a land of abundance like America, is the greatest of all modern crimes. The wage earner is not free, because he can work only by the consent of the owners of the jobs. The owners who do not work and the workers who do not own the industries, each naturally seek to protect and advance their own interests. Both seek to maintain the share they now get and to secure more for themselves by taking something from the other. The clash of these interests creates the class struggle. Because of this class struggle the workers organize into labor unions, co-operative societies, and in the Socialist Party. The owners organize into employers' associations, commercial bodies, and citizens' alliances. They also control and dominate the great political parties. Labor's principal weapons are strikes and boycotts. The capitalists respond with lockouts, blacklists, court injunctions, imprisonments, hangings and even mass murder. This terrible class warfare is world wide and a grave menace to civilization. Its abolition is the most important and vital issue confronting the human race. The present system of production and distribution is known as the capitalist system to distinguish it from the several systems which preceded it, such as chattel slavery and the feudal system. Under capitalism there are two distinct classes, the capitalist class and the working class. The capitalist class is maintained by the taking of rents, interest and profits. 19