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Lewis Coser

Independent Socialist League

Prominent members of the Independent Socialist League included Hal Draper and Ann Draper, Julius Jacobson and Phyllis Jacobson, Max Shachtman, Al Glotzer, Herman Benson, Gordon Haskell, Ernest Rice McKinney, Saul Mendelson, Deborah Meier, Don Chenoweth, Sam Bottone, Joe Friedman (Carter), Paul Bernick, Jack Rader, Carl Shier, Lewis Coser, Ernest Erber, Stanley Plastrik, Irving Howe, B.J. Widick.[1]

Dissent Magazine

Dissent magazine was founded in 1954. Early personnel included[2];

Editorial Board:

Travers Clement, Lewis Coser, Irving Howe, Harold Orlans, Stanley Plastrik, Meyer Schapiro

1954 Contributing Editors:

Erich Fromm, Bert Hoselitz, Norman Mailer, Frank Marquart, A. J. Muste, George Woodcock

1995 DSA award

Boston Democratic Socialists of America's annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Dinner was held on June 1 1995, at the Dante Aligheri Center in Cambridge. 1995's honorees were Byron Rushing, a longtime civil rights activist who represents Boston's South End in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Carin Schiewe, the direct or of the Commonwealth Coalition, a grassroots alliance working to elect progressive candidates to the State House.

A special Michacl Harrington Award was given to Lewis Coser, the distinguished sociologist who was a founding member of DSA and a founding editor of Dissent magazine.[3]


  1. TYR, April/May 2013]
  2. http://dissentmagazine.org/files/winter1954.pdf
  3. Dem. Left May/June 1995, page 20