People's Party (United States, 1971)

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The People's Party was a political party in the United States, founded in 1971 by various individuals and State and local political parties, including the Peace and Freedom Party, Commongood People's Party, Country People's Caucus, Human Rights Party, Liberty Union, New American Party, New Party and No Party. The party's goal was to present a united anti-war platform for the coming election.

The People's Party ran for the presidency two times, once in U.S. presidential election, 1972 with Benjamin Spock as their candidate and once in the U.S. presidential election, 1976 with Margaret Wright as their presidential candidate and Spock running as vice-president.

After the election, the party moved to become a loose coalition, but was soon defunct, with most of its founding parties also dissolved.

The party's papers are now in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection of the University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri having been where the party had held its conventions.

1972 Election[edit]

The Peoples party ran Dr. Benjamin Spock for president and Julius Hobson for vice-president in the U.S. presidential election, 1972. His platform included free medical care, legalized abortion, legalized marijuana, guaranteed minimum wage, the withdrawal of American troops in all foreign countries,[1] guaranteed maximum wage, and to promote toleration of homosexuality. Dr. Spock and the People's Party received 78,759 votes (0.10%).[2]

Greer v. Spock[edit]

Main article: Benjamin Spock

In 1972, Spock, Julius Hobson (his Vice Presidential candidate), Linda Jenness (Socialist Workers Party Presidential candidate), and Socialist Workers Party Vice Presidential candidate Andrew Pulley wrote to Major General Bert A. David, commanding officer of Fort Dix, asking for permission to distribute campaign literature and to hold an election-related campaign meeting. On the basis of Fort Dix regulations 210-26 and 210-27, General David refused the request. Spock, Hobson, Jenness, Pulley, and others then filed a case that ultimately made its way to the United States Supreme Court (424 U.S. 828—Greer, Commander, Fort Dix Military Reservation, et al., v. Spock et al.), which ruled against the plaintiffs.[3] [edit]

1976 Election[edit]

In 1976 the People's Party ran Margaret Wright as president and Spock this time as vice-president after Maggie Kuhn declined the spot. The People's Party received 49,016 votes (0.06%)[4]

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