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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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The Prophet Karl Marx (c. 1910s)

The Prophet Karl Marx (c. 1910s)

(p.97) 12 The Prophet Karl Marx (c. 1910s)
Jewish Radicals

Abraham Shiplacoff

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This chapter details the surviving fragment of a speech delivered by Abraham Shiplacoff in Yiddish, probably in the 1910s. Shiplacoff was a leading activist in the Socialist Party, elected to the New York State Assembly in 1915 and to the New York City Board of Aldermen in 1920. The speech itself argued that Marx was a prophet not unlike those of the Old Testament, as his vision of social order rooted in justice and equal opportunity for all were no less a holy prophecy than the social prophecy called God's Kingdom on Earth by the great Jewish prophets. This passage emphasizes the importance of Marx's ideals in the current socialist movement, and extols Marx's virtues as embodied in his ideals.

Keywords:   Abraham Shiplacoff, speech, Socialist Party, Karl Marx, Jewish prophets, socialist movements

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