Selected Moments of the 20th Century

A work in progress edited by Daniel Schugurensky
Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

1905

Upton Sinclair starts the Intercollegiate Socialist Society

Under the leadership of Upton Sinclair, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society is created this year. This organization had the purpose of familiarizing students with "the inherent evils of American economic and social system based on laissez-faire policies, and to promote the establishment of a socialist order." Chapters of the society were rapidly organized on several college and university campuses, and liberal and progressive speakers were invited to address the student groups. During the following years, the society expanded its membership and activities, and by 1921 reorganized itself into the League for Industrial Democracy, "a membership society engaged in education toward a social order based on production for use and not for profit." Among the activities pursued by the League were research, lecture and information services, development of plans for increasing social control, publication of bulletins and books, and the organization of conferences and radio talks.

Source:

Dykhuizen, George (1973). The Life and Mind of John Dewey. Carbondale: Southern Illinois.

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