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December 26: Pauline Newman, Rent Striker

On this day in 1907, sixteen-year-old Pauline Newman launched a rent strike involving 10,000 families in lower Manhattan, after months of organizing among housewives and teenage sweatshop workers. The strike lasted two weeks and won rent reductions for about 2,000 households. Leaders of the settlement house movement then urged capping rents throughout the city at […]

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Jewish Radicalism, Broadly Speaking

by Jeffrey Dekro and Lawrence Bush The Jewish presence in America has created a cross-fertilization of two civilizations that has been profoundly democratizing to both. ‘Democratization’ was stirring within both cultures by the time their encounter truly began. Perhaps it is jarring to think of George Washington and the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism, […]

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