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Fred Halstead

Fred Halstead
Born April 21, 1927
Died June 2, 1988(1988-06-02) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California
Known for Socialist Workers Party Presidential candidate, 1968

Fred W. Halstead (April 21, 1927–June 2, 1988)[1]was a candidate for President of the United States of the Socialist Workers Party in 1968. His running mate was Paul Boutelle.

Halstead played a very significant role in the movement against the Vietnam War. Some feel for this can be found in his book on the movement, Out Now! He also was a staff writer of The Militant, the publication of the Socialist Workers Party, the main Trotskyist group in the United States.

Halstead was a 6'6, 350 pound ex-garment cutter who worked briefly as a bouncer in a California country-and-western saloon in the 1950s, when he was on the black list. [1]


  • GIs Speak Out Against the War: The Case of the Ft. Jackson 8 (1970)
  • Out Now!: A Participant's Account of the American Movement against the Vietnam War (1978) ISBN 0-913460-48-6
  • What Working People Should Know About the Dangers of Nuclear Power (1979) ISBN 0-87348-429-0
  • The 1985-86 Hormel Meat-Packers Strike in Austin, Minnesota (1987) ISBN 0-87348-489-4
Party political offices
Preceded by
Clifton DeBerry
Socialist Workers Party Presidential candidate
1968 (lost)
Succeeded by
Linda Jenness and Evelyn Reed


  1. ^ "Fred Halstead, Trotskyist Leader, Dies at 61" New York Times June 4, 1988

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