Pedigo explains why his belief in the Socialist Party began to wither by the end of the 1930s. While Pedigo was organizing and participating in union activities in Roanoke, Virginia, during the 1930s, he had become increasingly interested in radical politics and had associated with the Socialist Party; however, according to Pedigo, the Socialists were increasingly fixated on placing themselves in opposition to Communism. Pedigo believed they should focus more on other issues, but their failure to do so led to his disillusionment with the Party.