Friday, May 14, 2010

Supremely Timely...

Not surprisingly, the socialist trade-union movement was synonymous with the Jewish one. Leaders of unions that were not predominantly Jewish shared their members' distaste for the Socialist Party, and the political sympathies of their unions reflected this fact. But among one set of unions - those in the garment trades - the Socialist Party reigned supreme. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, almost eighty percent of the city's garment workers were Jewish men and women, whose political attitudes carried over into their labor organizations. The Jewish unions formed the organisational mainstay of New York City socialism...

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