The SDF did not
publish membership figures during its first year of existence. To some
extent this was an inevitable product of delayed formal entry into the
organization by the various state organizations. At the February 1927 "Eastern State Conference of Social
Democratic Organizations" James Oneal rather optimistically estimated
the membership of the organization at "between 6,000 and 8,000" --
including in this count both the Finnish and Yiddish language socialist
federations (the Finns ultimately did not join) and other sympathizers around the
country in unorganized states (Wisconsin similarly may have been counted nor did they join).
The actual dues paying membership of the organization was undoubtedly far fewer.
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