The socialist revival of the 1930s offered tangible organizing successes. Soviet House and Highlander Folk School were attempts to put socialist ideals into practice. They represented the socialist revival’s vibrancy and success at the local level and refute claims that the revival resulted in little more than renewed factionalism or at best an alternative vision never put into practice. Idealism could produce practical benefits for human society and could and did create real organizing successes that adapted to American political life. The socialist vision did change. Socialists did adapt to the conditions in the United States. First, however, they experimented. The existence of the productive socialist network that fostered Soviet House and Highlander challenges the image of the Socialist Party in the 1930s.