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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 Lower East Side Vacation (1903)

A Lower East Side Vacation (1903)

(p.162) 30 A Lower East Side Vacation (1903)
Jewish Radicals

Bernard G. Richards

NYU Press

This chapter narrates the discourses of a fictional character named Keidansky, by journalist and activist Bernard Richards, as part of a series that originally ran in the Boston Evening Transcript and later appeared in book form. The Jewish intellectual had already become a familiar type in writings about immigrant life, but Richards brought a rare insiders' perspective to the English-reading audience. In this sketch, Keidansky describes his “vacation” in New York's East Side, borne out of a restless yearning for a change of pace from his usual haunts in Boston. To him, New York is a place of change; he also considers it “the refuge of all radicals, revolutionaries, and good people whom the wicked old world has cast out.”

Keywords:   Keidansky, Bernard Richards, Jewish intellectual, East Side, New York, immigrant life

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