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Students for a Democratic Society

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Students for a Democratic Society

"Forming the core of the 1960s counter-cultural movement known collectively as the New Left, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a radical organization... The group developed from the Student League for Industrial Democracy, the youth branch of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy.

"Established in late 1959 by Aryeh Neier (Director of the socialist League for Industrial Democracy), SDS held its first meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1960. Its first President was Alan Haber, and its first impress on the political landscape was the Port Huron Statement of 1962, drafted principally by Tom Hayden, a former editor of the University of Michigan's student newspaper." [1]

Their journal was Radical America.


  • David Gilbert, Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond (PM Press, December 2011).

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  1. SDS, DiscoverTheNetworks, accessed February 9, 2008.