The 2d Socialist Labor Party National Convention assembled in Grand Central Palace (Lexington Avenue at 43d Street), NYC. It consisted of 94 delegates casting 68 votes. The front stage had a large banner with a likeness of Karl Marx and the words "Workingmen of all countries, Unite." Among the delegates was Daniel De Leon, whose influence later shifted the party towards an emphasis upon working through the existing political system to accomplish their objectives.
Chairmen: T.C. Brophy of Boston; William Watkins OH (third day's session)
Secretaries: Charles B. Copp and Henry Kuhn NY
The New York Times reported on the first day of the convention that "supporters of Matthew Maguire, the Socialist Alderman of Paterson, N.J., who wants the nomination for President of the United States, appeared in the convention with red badges, which bore his portrait and the words, "Our Candidate for President."
The platform was decidedly socialistic. It stated that private property, especially machinery used for industrial production, caused economic servitude and political dependence.
Speakers at the convention pointed to the progress of sister parties in western Europe. They also specifically rejected the Anarchists, who sought to bring about their economic system through violent means.
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