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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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“Socialism Is Not a Dream” (1888)

“Socialism Is Not a Dream” (1888)

(p.86) 7 “Socialism Is Not a Dream” (1888)
Jewish Radicals

Dovid Edelshtat

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This chapter presents a letter written by labor activist Dovid Edelshtat, which describes in optimistic terms the memorial event for the anarchists executed for their alleged roles in the Chicago Haymarket riot of 1886. The event, held at the Cooper Institute in Manhattan, attracted a large crowd of people—notably Russian Jews—who were there to share anarchist ideals. There were speeches from Johann Most and Sergius Schewitch, both leading figures in the Jewish radical movement at the time. For the author, this event marks a triumph of socialism in its display of resilience and solidarity among activists working toward a common goal.

Keywords:   Dovid Edelshtat, Chicago Haymarket riot, anarchism, socialism, Russian Jews, Johann Most, Sergius Schewitch, memorial

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