The Yiddish Press and Racism in America, 1880–1920, with Tony Michels

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on October 22, 2020

How did Yiddish journalists and intellectuals respond to the persistent discrimination and violence against African Americans in the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? How did they understand the problem? In this talk, Tony Michels addresses these questions in order to gain a historical perspective on the Jewish encounter with race and racism in the United States.

Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (2005) and the editor of the 2012 collection Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History.

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