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Rainbow Coalition of Vermont records, 1984-1991.
Rainbow Coalition of Vermont
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 454 (cont'd in MSA 212 & Size D)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Corporate Author : Rainbow Coalition of Vermont
Title : Rainbow Coalition of Vermont records, 1984-1991.
Physical Description : 1.5 linear ft. (2 boxes, 1 folder).
Summary :

The records are primarily focused around the 1988 elections. There are extensive newspaper clippings about Rainbow Coalition activities, donor support, position papers and voting records from the Vermont Legislature. Also included are materials used in the decision-making process as the Coalition decided which candidates to endorse, records of presidential candidate Jesse Jackson's 1988 visit to Vermont, and the Vermont Democratic Party caucuses and state convention in 1988.

Biographical or historical data :

The Rainbow Coalition was organized in 1984 during Jesse Jackson's first run for president. It brought together progressive political activists from throughout the state to support Jackson and his platform. In the elections of 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990 the Rainbow Coalition supported both Democratic and independent candidates in legislative and state races, and worked inside and outside of the Vermont Democratic Party to advance progressive positions on a variety of issues.

The Rainbow Coalition was closely affiliated with the Progressive Coalition of Burlington, Vermont. Bernard Sanders had been elected mayor of Burlington in 1981. In 1988 he ran for Vermont's lone seat in the U. S. Congress as a member the Progressive Coalition with support from the Rainbow Coalition. Sanders lost that year to Peter Smith. Two years Sanders defeated Smith to win the Congressional seat.

Personal Subject : David-Friedman, Ellen.
Sanders, Bernard, 1941-
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Subject Term : Democratic Party Vt.
Elections Vermont.
Political activists Vermont.
Geographic Term : Vermont Politics and government 20th century.
Genre/Form : Bylaws.
Voters' lists.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.