“Hell in New Jersey” with Historian Jacob Zumoff, April 18th at NYU Tamiment Library


Zumoff will speak on protests at wool mills in 1920s Passaic, New Jersey, which he contends pioneered the techniques key to the success of labor strikes in the 1930s.

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New York University’s Tamiment Library, one of the world’s leading centers for scholarly research on Labor and the Left, will host a special event with historian Jacob Zumoff, entitled “Hell in New Jersey.”  Zumoff’s historical lecture is drawn from his upcoming book about a wool workers strike in the Passaic, New Jersey, area in 1926-27, which involved some 15,000 workers, including immigrants and women. Much of the book is based on materials in the holdings of Tamiment Library.

The discussion will be held at NYU’s Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives on the 10th floor of Bobst Library at 70 Washington Square South on April 18, 2017 from 4:30-6:00pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP: tamiment.events@nyu.edu or call 212-998-2635 for more information.

●       WHO: Jacob Zumoff, assistant professor of history and researcher in social and political history of the Americas at New Jersey City University (previously Jersey City State College).

●       WHAT:  Historical lecture on a strike by wool workers in the Passaic, New Jersey, area in 1926-27.

●     WHEN: April 18th, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm.

●     WHERE:  70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor (West 4th Street between LaGuardia and Greene Streets), New York, NY 10012. Map Tel: 212-998-2630.

About the historical lecture:  Although the 1920s are usually seen as a period without labor militancy, the Passaic workers, under leadership sympathetic to the Communist Party, pioneered many of the labor protest techniques that were to become important in the 1930s.

The Passaic wool workers strike was characterized by large picket lines, unilaterally organizing the wool industry, and using the union to provide social and relief services to the strikers.

The term "Hell in New Jersey" comes from a book published at the time about the strike, which was sold to raise money to provide food and clothes to striking workers.  It describes the tremendous violence the police used against striking workers, in which hundreds of workers were arrested, sometimes for nothing more than singing pro-union songs on the picket line.

Zumoff has studied the early Communist Party in the United States and been published by Brill Academic Press. His current research focuses on the intersection of the politics of the labor movement and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in the early twentieth century.

About Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University  The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University form a unique, internationally-known center for scholarly research on Labor and the Left. Tamiment has one of the finest research collections in the country documenting the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, and the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties. It is the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, the Estela Bravo Archive, and growing LGBT and Asian American labor collections.

The NYU Division of Libraries is a global system comprising five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

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