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- “100 years ago, Oklahoma percolated with socialist ideals, candidates gained ground” by Juliana Keeping, from The Oklahoman, Nov 14, 2016
Between 1907 and 1920, Bissett said, socialist candidates won election to a variety of Oklahoma offices. At its zenith in 1914, the Socialist Party candidate for governor culled 20 percent of the statewide vote. Oklahomans that year elected more than 175 socialists to local and county offices across the state, including six state lawmakers.
Then the U.S. entered World War I.
An atmosphere of “superpatriotism” would spell doom for socialists making headway across the country, Bissett said.
By 1918, Congress passed acts that made it illegal for people to publicly oppose American involvement in the war.
Oklahoma socialists opposed the war. And you can’t very well run a movement from a jail cell.
The party has not been recognized in Oklahoma since 1950. The era had ended.
But has it?