The Minority Party in America: Featuring an Interview with Norman Thomas

The Minority Party in America: Featuring an Interview with Norman Thomas

Norman Thomas FW05512 / FH 5512

Norman Thomas was the leader of the American Socialist Party in the 1930s and '40s. In 1960, he was interviewed by Howard Langer about the role of the minority political party in the United States. A six-time candidate for president, Thomas discusses the influence of special interest groups on the political process and the role of money and the media—issues that remain a concern. Thomas also shares his thoughts on other political leaders of the day including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. A biography of Thomas and a transcript of the interview are included with the recording.

Year Released 1961
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1961 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American History
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Documentary; Spoken word; United States History

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101 Introduction Norman Thomas 2:15
102 The Role of the Third Party Norman Thomas 9:56
103 The Two Party System Norman Thomas 4:23
104 Pressure Groups Norman Thomas 4:11
105 The Party Platforms Norman Thomas 2:04
106 Broadcasting - Politics and Money Norman Thomas 7:00
201 Television - Public Relations & Politics Norman Thomas 3:41
202 E.V. Debs, F.D. Roosevelt, Huey Long, Upton Sinclair, Richard Nixon, H.S. Truman, J. McCarthy, D.D. Eisenhower Norman Thomas 14:52
203 The Socialist Party in America Norman Thomas 9:51
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