This collection includes the personal and professional papers of Thomas F. Barton, an anti-war activist and socialist who
organized soldiers against the Vietnam and Iraq wars. It includes newsletters, articles, correspondence, meeting minutes and
agendas that document Barton's involvement with various anti-war and socialist organizations, and the distribution, founding,
and publishing of various anti-war newsletters.
Thomas F. Barton was born in 1935 in Indiana. He was active in the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL), a chapter within
the Socialist Party, during the 1950s and through the first half of the 1960s. During this time, he was also a member of the
Student Peace Union, in which he assisted in organizing the anti-Vietnam War movement in Philadelphia, and an editor of the
Young Socialist Review. Barton represented the Chicago Branch of the YPSL at its national convention in 1964, a year by which the chapter began
to align more closely with Trotskyism. This ideological shift led to many changes within the organization that ultimately
led to its dissolution.
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