1884 - 1968
Six times an unsuccessful Socialist Party candidate for president of the United States between 1928 and 1948. Thomas helped found what became the American Civil Liberties Union.
|Dissent ... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible.|
|The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism', they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.|
1936 - from an interview during the presidential campaign