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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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“Charlatans and Gangsters and Pompous Racketeers” (1938)

“Charlatans and Gangsters and Pompous Racketeers” (1938)

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Jewish Radicals

Jennie Cohen

NYU Press

This chapter shows that corruption can plague even the progressive, well-managed unions. It presents a letter of protest by Jennie Cohen, a former member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. In it, Cohen describes how preventing a breach of union regulations had made her the target of bullying and harassment from her fellow union members under the directions of the union agent who was heavily implied to have been the mastermind of the regulations breach. In addition, another person had come forward to sign an affidavit, accusing this agent and another union official of graft and extortion. Cohen, thus implicated in this scandal, is soon relieved of her job, prompting the publication of this exposé into the union's illicit activities.

Keywords:   Jennie Cohen, corruption, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, union regulations, letter of protest, scandal

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