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Cultures of Opposition: Jewish Immigrant Workers, New York City, 1881-1905


Looks at the forging of a new Jewish political culture at the turn of the century.
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Looks at the forging of a new Jewish political culture at the turn of the century.
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Elizabeth Ewen
A fascinating story of artisanal Jewish people.
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Political Culture and Community: The Historical Perspective

Cultural Strategies and Political Culture: The Sociological Perspective
The Ethnic Identity Perspective
Synthesis and Narrative: Jewish Immigrants, 1881 to 1905

Chapter One
Jewish Immigrants to the United States, 1881 to 1905: The Decline of the Old Communities

The Emigrants
Jewish Citizenship in Action
The Decline of Traditional Communities
The Impetus to Emigrate

Chapter Two
Conflicted Cultures: West and East European Jews

A Prologue: The Brody Episode
Official Philanthropy and Communal Networks
Self-Help Networks and the Making of Social Solidarity

Chapter Three
Jewish Immigrants and the New York Clothing Industry

Garmentmaking: From Craft to Industry
Routes of Entry into the Garment Industry
Earnings and Work Hours

Chapter Four
Making a Home and Earning a Living on the Lower East Side

Demography and Economy
Self-Help and Social Organization
German Jews and the Immigrant Community: Geography, Economy, and Ideology
The Origins of Jewish Labor Organizations

Chapter Five
Themes of Collective Action

The Culture of Collective Action
Interpretations of Labor Unrest
Struggles for Control of the Workplace
Struggles for Closed Shop and against Scabs
Struggles against Sweatshops and the Contracting System
Struggles against the Task System

Chapter Six
The Politics of Morality: Jewish Workers and the Ethnic Community

Agencies of Cultural Transmission
Appropriating the Power of the Law
The Jewish Community and Established Justice
Community as an Economic and Social Weapon




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