Fred Halstead

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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

The name Fred Halsted may refer to: the gay filmmaker Fred Halsted.

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