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Samuel H. Friedman (1897-1990) was an American journalist and labor activist.


"Samuel H. Friedman,.... long active in New York politics and labor unions,... earned his living mostly in journalism and public relations before retiring.... He had been an editor for Women's Wear Daily, a high school social science teacher and a fund raiser for the United Jewish Appeal. But it was into the small Socialist Party and the journals The New Leader and The Call that... Friedman poured more of his passion.... A dozen years after Eugene V. Debs led the Socialists in their last significant bid for the Presidency in 1920 and the party went into decline,... Friedman became an almost annual candidate for office. In the 1940's he ran successively for state senator, city comptroller, lieutenant governor, City Council president and comptroller again. He never won. In 1948, after winning 140,260 votes in a sixth try at the White House, the Socialist Party leader Norman Thomas pleaded with the party to stop expending energy on political campaigns. He was ignored. In 1952, a national party congress unanimously nominated... Friedman to join its Presidential candidate, Darlington Hoopes. They polled 20,203 votes. In 1956, the same ticket won 2,044 votes.... Friedman... was not deterred by the frequent unpopularity of his convictions. 'He just believed in what he believed in, no matter who went along with him or whatever trouble he might get in'.... In 1917, while he was a senior at City College and editor of The College Mercury, he was suspended for writing editorials defending pacifism among college men. In 1949, while he was the New York City chairman of the party,... Friedman was arrested for disorderly conduct after carrying an argument from a hall where he was speaking outside onto 104th Street and Broadway. A crowd of 300 gathered, blocking traffic. The police explained that... Friedman was taken away for speaking too loud, prompting one supporter to wonder in a letter to the editor of The New York Times, 'How loud can a Socialist legally speak?' Friedman continued to get arrested into his 60's, when he joined frequently in protests for civil rights. In 1964, he was jailed with six others, including a young New York man named Michael Schwerner, after a sit-in to demand more jobs for blacks and Puerto Ricans in city building projects.... Schwerner and two other civil rights workers were killed soon after in Philadelphia, Mississippi. During a march to the Capitol in Albany in March 1964,... Friedman remarked to an interviewer: 'You know, I can't even remember how many times I've run for office in that place. I was never elected to anything. Forty years and I'm still marching outside of it in the snow and cold.' When the Socialists became the Social Democrats, USA in 1972, the articulate, white-haired... Friedman led a minority in dissent, claiming the loss of party tradition."

—Tim Golden, "Samuel H. Friedman, 93, Editor and Ex-Socialist Party Candidate,"

The New York Times (19 March 1990)


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