Each signature may be linked to the others by up to 53 thematic connections. Some are common to many signatures; others highlight unusual, yet notable, associations and interests. Friendships are not represented because so many signers were friends. Go to "The Bohemians" to view and interact with all 53 connections.
This tag includes anyone who signed the door who was associated with left-wing politics at some point in his or her life. Some were members of the Socialist or Communist Party, others were not officially affiliated with a party, but supported left-wing causes. During the 1910s, socialist political beliefs were on the rise in the United States, and Greenwich Village was a hotbed of left-wing. Much of this energy came from the offices of the Masses, the influential publication also represented by a "connection" in this exhibition. The beginning of World War I brought a rise in socialist activism, and the Russian REvolution both fueled and tamped down socialist sentiment in the United States, bringing about the infamous "Red Scare" of the late 1910s. Despite this socialism continued to thrive in the Village during the years of the bookshop's operation.