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Socialism and Jewish Immigrants
This paper looks at the way in which Jewish immigrants were connected to socialism in America.
# 26546 | 1,760 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The writer argues that Jewish immigrants in America brought with them a sense of involvement in political action far stronger than many other immigrant groups. The paper traces the historical ties of Jews in America to socialism that they either brought with them from Eastern Europe or adopted upon their arrival in America.

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"Among the earlier generations of Jewish immigrants the principal socialist affiliation was with the Socialist labor Party, led by Daniel De Leon. The party was popular among Gentile German immigrants in the Midwest but the adherence of New York Jews, beginning in the 1880s, made it a political force in the East as well. De Leon's authoritarianism, however, drove away numerous supporters and by 1900 the more moderate Socialist Party, under the leadership of Eugene Debs, attracted the majority of Jewish socialists. The party's appeal for Jews was based on their familiarity with socialism's reputation of opposition to oppression in Europe, on its willingness "to let them register quasi-independently in their own foreign-language federations," and on the party's "solid American base" which made them feel a legitimate part of the political system of their new home (Sachar 176)."

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