Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

Media and Culture in the U.S. Jewish Labor Movement

Sweating for Democracy in the Interwar Era

Authors: Dolber, Brian

  • Uses the framework of political economy to develop a critical understanding of radical media
  • Offers a unique discussion regarding the relationships between commodification and ethnicity in a historical context
  • Contributes to discussion about the nature of the New Deal and the philosophical contours of U.S. democracy
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This book explores the Jewish Left’s innovative strategies in maintaining newspapers, radio stations, and educational activities during a moment of crisis in global democracy. In the wake of the First World War, as immigrant workers and radical organizations came under attack, leaders within largely Jewish unions and political parties determined to keep their tradition of social unionism alive. By adapting to an emerging media environment dependent on advertising, turn-of-the-century Yiddish socialism morphed into a new political identity compatible with American liberalism and an expanding consumer society. Through this process, the Jewish working class secured a place within the New Deal coalition they helped to produce. Using a wide array of archival sources, Brian Dolber demonstrates the importance of cultural activity in movement politics, and the need for thoughtful debate about how to structure alternative media in moments of political, economic, and technological change.

About the authors

Brian Dolber has been Assistant Professor at SUNY College at Oneonta, USA and taught courses at the American Jewish University. As a committed scholar-activist, he has worked with the Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, the Graduate Employees’ Organization, and Unite Here Local 11. He is the winner of the Margaret A. Blanchard Best Dissertation Prize from the American Journalism Historians Association.

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“In his exhaustive and highly original study of the Jewish left and its institutions – especially media institutions – in the interwar years, Brian Dolber sheds light upon and connects these developments in an entertaining and provocative manner. Much of what we know as the modern media and the American left was forged during this crucial era and American Jews played an out-sized role. In the second decade of the 21st century, the United States is abuzz with talk of democratic socialism and political revolution and media upheaval. Thanks to Dolber, we now have an accessible, crucial and necessary context to help us proceed through the turbulent times ahead.” (Robert W. McChesney, co-author, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy)

“An empirically rich and theoretically astute study focused on a critical juncture in U.S. history. Brian Dolber offers an in-depth account of the role of media, and particularly the periodical, in building both working class consciousness and the Jewish labor movement during the interbellum. The larger than life characters that dominated this period, leap off the page in Dolber's account. If you are interested in media and politics or the history of the labor movement, this book is mandatory reading.” (Todd Wolfson, Rutgers University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dolber, Brian

    Pages 1-11

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  • “Digging in the Dark”: The Forward’s Advertising Strategy in the 1920s

    Dolber, Brian

    Pages 13-49

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  • “Cutting the Pathway in the Wilderness of Confusion”: Worker Education and the Garment Unions, 1919–1932

    Dolber, Brian

    Pages 51-88

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  • Moving Forward on the Air: The Birth of WEVD and the Rise of Commercial Broadcasting

    Dolber, Brian

    Pages 89-116

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  • “A Song of Social Significance”: Jewish Labor, Mass Culture, and the New Deal

    Dolber, Brian

    Pages 117-153

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-43547-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and Culture in the U.S. Jewish Labor Movement
Book Subtitle
Sweating for Democracy in the Interwar Era
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43548-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43548-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-43547-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 256
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