Socialist Party

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Group portrait of Socialist Party members gathered for the Socialist Convention and Eugene V. Debs picnic in Canton, Ohio, 1918.

During the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, socialism attracted many Americans. Socialists called for an economic system that removed greed from the people. Rather than working to attain the most wealth, socialists hoped that Americans would work together to benefit the common good. They also desired public ownership of utilities and transportation systems. Socialists did not want to necessarily make all Americans politically, economically, and socially equal. Rather, they wanted to have Americans, as a whole, working together to benefit all Americans. Some Americans would be deserving of more than other citizens, but no American should prosper by denying his/her fellow citizen the basic necessities of life. The socialists