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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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A Personal and Confidential Letter to Louis Marshall (1917)

A Personal and Confidential Letter to Louis Marshall (1917)

(p.109) 15 A Personal and Confidential Letter to Louis Marshall (1917)
Jewish Radicals

Abraham Cahan

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This chapter presents a letter from Abraham Cahan, editor of the Yiddish daily Forverts (also called Forward in English), to Louis Marshall, prominent attorney and head of the American Jewish Committee. Marshall's intercession had been required due to the threat of rescission of the paper's second-class mailing privileges, which would likely have bankrupted it. The letter stresses Forverts's policy to uphold the law and remain silent on any content that could, either in letter or in spirit, be interpreted as a breach or disregard of any of the laws enacted by the government for the purpose of prosecuting America's entry into World War I—an issue that the daily had previously contested—or which might be regarded as inimical to the government.

Keywords:   Forverts, Abraham Cahan, Louis Marshall, World War I, mailing privileges

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