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SDS, or Students for a Democratic Society, was one of the largest national student activist organizations of the1960s with over 300 college campus chapters by 1965. This influential New Left group was founded in 1960 as a student offshoot of the socialist League of Industrial Democracy (LID). With the publication of their manifesto The Port Huron Statement in 1962, SDS outlined their belief in participatory democracy and their goal to right social injustices through non-violent means. Initially the group focused on promoting citizen engagement with politics and the civil rights movement but pivoted to anti-war demonstrations and protests of the Vietnam War and the draft in 1965. Ultimately the group splintered and disbanded in 1969.


Riggs, W. (2009). Students for a Democratic Society. Retrieved 5 June 2021, from

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