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Typed Letter, Signed, 1962. With Additional Material Relating to the First SDS National Convention and the Drafting of the Port Huron Statement
New York: Students for a Democratic Society, 1962. Extremely early, foundational document of the SDS, announcing the group's first National Convention at Port Huron, Michigan in June of 1962. Undated, but circa March or April, 1962. The recipient is unknown, but SDS Chairman Robert Alan ("Al") Haber presumably sent such invitations to university students around the country who had been previously active in leftist political causes. The prospectus, titled What is the S.D.S.?,lays out a 5-part platform -- Civil Rights, Peace, Higher Education, Student Organization, and National Politics -- which would be reflected in the group's formal manifesto, The Port Huron Statement, some months later. The text of the prospectus is unsigned, but smacks strongly of the declarative, cadenced prose used by Tom Hayden in his final draft of the Statement. & & The convention Program provides an outline of daily sessions, concluding with "debate, amemdments, and voting" on the Manifesto, then states: "The manifesto draft will be mailed after June 1 to registrants and those requesting it. Copies of other convention papers will be mailed out or available at Port Huron..." This is possibly the earliest printed reference to The Port Huron Statement, the definitive political manifesto of the post-War era; it is also a tantalizing bit of evidence that early, unrecorded pre-publication drafts of the Statement may have been issued in some quantity prior to the convention. Neither letter, nor Program, nor Prospectus located in OCLC. Mimeographed form letter, extending an invitation to the first SDS National Convention, June 11-15, 1962. Signed in blue ink by SDS Chairman Robert A. Haber. Together with a one-page Convention Program, and a 5-pp prospectus titled "What is the S.D.S.?" (both mimeographed). Original folds for mailing, else Fine.
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