Fred Halstead

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

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

Halstead played a significant role in the movement against the Vietnam War, outlined in his book Out Now! . He also was a staff writer on The Militant, the publication of the Socialist Workers Party.

Halstead was a 6'6", 350 pound ex-garment cutter who worked briefly as a bouncer in a country-and-western saloon in the 1950s, when he was on the blacklist.[2]


  • 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 nominee for
President of the United States

Succeeded by
Linda Jenness and Evelyn Reed


  1. "Fred Halstead, Trotskyist Leader, Dies at 61" New York Times June 4, 1988
  2. Fred Halstead, University of Utah Archives

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