The White Terror and the Red

The White Terror and the Red

by Abraham Cahan
     
 

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My key theses are that 'Red Terror' and 'White Terror' were both perpetrated on an enormous scale and were often intertwined. Protagonists of these Terrors could draw on their own lethal doctrinal commitments; were often desensitized by violent regional pre-histories; and both were energized by forces animating the first of the narratives, notably imperialism,

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My key theses are that 'Red Terror' and 'White Terror' were both perpetrated on an enormous scale and were often intertwined. Protagonists of these Terrors could draw on their own lethal doctrinal commitments; were often desensitized by violent regional pre-histories; and both were energized by forces animating the first of the narratives, notably imperialism, nationalism, racism and Total War. At the same time Red and White Terror often coincided, supplying each other with both imaginary justifications and real reasons and stimulating reciprocal, dehumanizing hatreds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477520932
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Abraham Cahan (1860-1951), was a Lithuanian-born American author, socialist leader and editor of the Yiddish newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward.

The 1890s were a dark era for many Jews. Between 1887 and the outbreak of World War I, more than 2 million Jews came to America. Most were poor and came from what are now Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and other centers of Eastern European Jewish life. The new arrivals clustered in unsanitary tenements, worked long hours in sweatshops and open air markets, spoke mainly Yiddish and possessed few skills with which to enter the English-language labor force. They faced religious prejudice and the challenges of adapting to an unfamiliar environment.

The Forward became a leading advocate for these Jewish immigrants. Named after the great Social Democratic newspaper in Berlin, the Forverts appeared on the streets of New York in April 1897, written entirely in Yiddish. Its first editor was 37-year-old Abraham Cahan.

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