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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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Leon Trotsky on Second Avenue (memoir; 1944)

Leon Trotsky on Second Avenue (memoir; 1944)

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Jewish Radicals

Louis Waldman

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This chapter is a glimpse into a distinguished but fairly unassuming man who would one day emerge as a famous leader—Leon Trotsky—as told in a memoir by Louis Waldman. More specifically, it chronicles Trotsky's time in New York City in early 1917 and his interactions with local radicals there. He was active in the Russian Socialist Federation, though the power and tendencies of this and other foreign language federations affiliated with the Socialist Party soon became manifest when America was faced with the issue of war. Conflict arose when war broke out later that year and divided this circle of intellectuals into two factions: one in favor of out-and-out resistance to the government's war policy, and the other calling for a forthright statement against war. Trotsky had favored the former course.

Keywords:   Leon Trotsky, Louis Waldman, New York City, 1917, Socialist Party, war policy

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