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New American Movement collectionHLL.2019.015
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The collection contains pamphlets, newsletters, bulletins and foundational documents that reflect the New American Movement's (NAM) activities and political platforms. The NAM was active from 1972-1982 and advocated for workplace equality and a democratic socialist society founded on socialist feminist ideas.
The New American Movement (NAM) held its founding convention in 1972 and was active until 1982 and was formed by anti-war and women's movement activists, as well as members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The organization sympathized with the ideology of Antonio Gramsci, who believed that a revolutionary organization should develop a "common sense" in the popular consciousness of a society that could challenge and then replace presiding social and political structures. This theoretical foundation was the basis for the NAM's attempts to create a wide-reaching socialist movement that was focused on organizing the 1970s working class, which was becoming increasingly composed of female clerical and healthcare workers. The NAM aimed to develop a socialist-feminist and anti-racist class consciousness among the entire working class by increasing feminist and gay and lesbian participation in unions and labor strikes, and combating sexual descrimination and harrassment against homosexual and female workers. The organization also advocated for abortion rights and against forced sterilization practices. In 1982, the NAM merged with the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
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