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All Together DifferentYiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism$
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Daniel Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748367

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748367.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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All Together Different
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Daniel Katz

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748367.003.0009

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book highlights an alternative vision of unionism that coexisted in the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) along with, and for a while held sway over, the more moderate vision that eventually eclipsed it. It describes the expression of a form of multiculturalism in the United States called mutual culturalism, which can be seen in a movement of union building in the ILGWU that began in the first decade of the twentieth century, climaxed in the 1930s, and had a far-reaching influence on American social and political culture. It argues for a rehabilitation of multiculturalism to counter the prevalent assumption that ethnic affiliations are inherently incompatible with militant class consciousness.

Keywords:   International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, ILGWU, Jewish radicals, labor movement, multiculturalism, multicultural unionism, militant class consciousness

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