Gerald Sorin

Gerald Sorin is former chair of the History Department and continues to serve as director of the Jewish Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His books include The Prophetic Minority: American Jewish Immigrant Radicals, 1880–1920; The Nurturing Neighborhood: The Brownsville Boys Club and Jewish Community in Urban America, 1940–1990; A Time for Building: The Third Migration, 1880–1920; Tradition Transformed: The Jewish Experience in America and Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2002. Sorin has also published numerous essays and reviews on aspects of ethnic identity and acculturation.

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Socialism in the United States

Disproportionate numbers of Jewish immigrant women in America were associated with socialism in the first decades of the twentieth century. Their radicalism appears to have grown out of the same sources as male radicalism—the changes experienced by the Jewish community in late nineteenth-century Europe and America, including proletarianization and the secularization of Jewish religious values. But Jewish working women’s radical consciousness and their militant collective action in America emerged in the face of extraordinary obstacles.

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