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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“When I Went Home I Was Aflame” (memoir; c. 1925)

“When I Went Home I Was Aflame” (memoir; c. 1925)

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Jewish Radicals

Abraham Bisno

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This chapter recounts the growing unrest of the 1886 Great Upheaval through the eyes of labor activist Abraham Bisno. In early 1886 immigrant laborers gathered together in protest of the ill treatment visited upon them by their employers. Life was very hard then; in the busy season they were worked almost to death; in the slack season they suffered great want; and as these immigrants became more and more Americanized they began to notice the difference between the standard of living of the Americans and that of themselves. Faced with workplace discrimination and unreasonable working conditions, these laborers turned to socialism and other similar ideas, eventually giving vent to their frustration in organized protest and their larger dreams of changing society toward a more socialist bent.

Keywords:   1886 Great Upheaval, Abraham Bisno, poor working conditions, workplace discrimination, organized protest, labor unions, socialism

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