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All Together Different: Yiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism
In the early 1930's, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) organized large numbers of Black and Hispanic workers through a broadly conceived program of education, culture, and community involvement. The ILGWU admitted these new members, the overwhelming majority of whom were women, into racially integrated local unions and created structures to celebrate ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by New York University Press
(first published October 1st 2011)
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I had really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I fully accept the main premise, which is that the late 19th-early 20th century Jewish immigrants to US from the Russian Empire brought with them notions of multi-cultural socialist, anarchist, and labor activism. These notions assisted in creating militant labor, socialist, and anarchist organizations in US. Organizations which, according the author, compromised both on multi-culturalism and on militancy at the same time in order to ...more
Daniel Katz is provost, professor of history, and dean of labor studies at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. A former union organizer, he sits on the boards of the New York State Labor History Association and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. He is a co-editor, with Richard A. Greenwald, of Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America (The New Press) and ...more