Gerald Sorin

Gerald Sorin is a Distinguished Professor of American and Jewish Studies at the State University of New York, New Paltz. He has written eight books, including Tradition Transformed: The Jewish Experience in America (1997); Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent (2002), Winner, National Jewish Book Award (2003); and Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane (2012), Winner, National Jewish Book Award (2013). He also served as the Fulbright Association’s John Adams Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the Royal University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1998.

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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 ideological commitment was expressed mainly in activism in left-leaning garment workers' unions. Their radicalism grew out of the same sources as male radicalism (changes experienced in late 19th century Europe and America, including proletarianization and secularization), but Jewish working women's radical consciousness and collective action emerged in the face of additional and different obstacles.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gerald Sorin." (Viewed on May 28, 2024) <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/sorin-gerald>.