American Labor Party

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The American Labor Party (ALP) was founded in 1936 by New York labour leaders, principally Sidney Hillman of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and David Dubinsky of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.[1]

According to Richard Schifter, the party was "to provide another line on the ballot for supporters of Franklin D. Roosevelt who would have been uncomfortable voting the line identified with Tammany Hall and the other boss-led Democratic county organizations" in New York.[1] According to historian Paul Buhle, it was partly driven by fears that votes for Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party of America would hand the state to the republicans in the Presidential election.[2]

The Pro-Roosevelt Republican Mayor of new York, Fiorello La Guardia, a Republican Roosevelt, registered in the ALP and received its endorsement in 1937 and 1941.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 American Labor Party Gave a New York Echo of World Events, New York Times, 3 June 1992.
  2. Paul Buhle, Taking Care of Business: Samuel Gompers, George Meany, Lane Kirkland, and the Tragedy of American Labor, Monthly Review Press, 1999, p.112.