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Darlington Hoopes: The Political Biography of an American Socialist
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By Henderson, J. Paul
ISBN 1846220017
Paperback  208 pages
Published 15 March 2005
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DARLINGTON HOOPES died in 1989 at the age of 93. He was twice the Socialist candidate for the US presidency. He ran against Eisenhower and Stevenson in 1952, gaining 20,000 votes to Eisenhower’s 33 million, in a campaign which cost him only $150. He ran again in 1956. Born into a Quaker family in Harford County, Maryland, he studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin and then turned to the law. His practice was in Reading, Pennsylvania, a socialist stronghold in the 1930s and 1940s. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives ftom 1930 to 1936, introducing a successful child labour bill, and City Solicitor of Reading from 1936 to 1940.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Paul Henderson holds graduate degrees in American Studies (M.A.) and 20thC US History (Ph.D.). He became interested in the American Socialist Party while resident in Mississippi, and met with Hoopes in 1975. Now living in England, he currently works for a prominent US academic publisher.

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