The Rise of Abraham Cahan
Abraham Cahan was one of the most influential – and fascinating – characters in 20th century Jewish life. Born in Lithuania, he was under investigation for publishing material linked to a revolutionary socialist group when he escaped to the United States.
In New York, Cahan quickly learned English, formally joined the Socialist Labor Party and began writing articles about socialism and science. In 1887, he co-founded his own Yiddish newspaper,
the Jewish Daily Forward, which came to play a key role in teaching new immigrants about life in America. With contributors including Isaac Bashevis Singer and Leon Trotsky, the Jewish Daily Forward quickly achieved extraordinary circulation and tremendous political influence.
Seth Lipsky tells the dramatic story of a remarkable man who shaped the lives of thousands at the turn of the century and whose words helped define the American Jewish community. Seth Lipsky is founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward’s successor, the Forward, and of The New York Sun.
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