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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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“Our Mecca” (memoir; n.d.)

“Our Mecca” (memoir; n.d.)

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(p.99) 13 “Our Mecca” (memoir; n.d.)
Source:
Jewish Radicals
Author(s):

Isadore Wisotsky

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.003.0013

This chapter is a portrait of Union Square, a hotbed of radical activity in the early decades of the twentieth century. Union Square is located where Broadway meets Fourth Avenue and crosses 17th and 14th Streets. The area attracted a crowd of immigrants and every kind of radical and nonconformist intellectual, but the heart of the assembly was that of the labor force—the working people, registering their awareness of the troubles of the world. It was the venue for demonstrations and persuasive speakers arguing on the issue of the moment, generally to crowds of 20,000 or more. Sometimes, the police made surprising sneak arrests at these mass demonstrations. For most of its history, however, Union Square was a place of peaceful assembly; noisy with cheers, boisterous with enthusiasm, but otherwise peaceable.

Keywords:   Union Square, radical activity, early twentieth century, labor force, mass demonstrations

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