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All Together Different: Yiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism

Daniel Katz


In the early 1930s, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) organized large numbers of Black and Hispanic workers through a broadly conceived program of education, culture, and community involvement. The ILGWU admitted these new members, the overwhelming majority of whom were women, into racially integrated local unions and created structures to celebrate ethnic differences. This book revolves around this phenomenon of interracial union building and worker education during the Great Depression. Investigating why immigrant Jewish unionists in the ILGWU appealed to an internatio ... More

Keywords: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, ILGWU, racially integrated unions, ethnic differences, interracial union building, Great Depression, immigrant Jewish unionists, Russian Jewish women, ethnic identity, multiculturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814748367
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Katz, author