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The Fierce Life of Grace Holmes Carlson: Catholic, Socialist, Feminist

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke


On December 8, 1941, Grace Holmes Carlson, the only female defendant among eighteen Trotskyists convicted under the Smith Act, was sentenced to sixteen months in federal prison for advocating the violent overthrow of the government. After serving a year in Alderson prison, Carlson resumed organizing for the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and ran for vice president of the United States under its banner in 1948. Then, in 1952, she abruptly left the SWP and returned to the Catholic Church. With the support of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who had educated her as a child, Carlson began a new life as a ... More

Keywords: Grace Holmes Carlson, Catholic Church, Socialist Workers Party, Sisters of St. Joseph, women, Marxist, faith, working-class, Alderson prison, feminist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479802180
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479802180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, author
Hunter College, CUNY Graduate Center