Activist New York: A History of People, Protest, and Politics is an interesting new book from author Steven H. Jaffe which details our City's long history of social activism reaching back all the way when it was still the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. Over 304 pages, the author explores how New York City’s position as a center of commerce, finance, industry, media, and ethnic diversity, gives it a powerful and uniquely influential role in the relatively short history of American and global activism.
Activist New York brings to life the characters who make up these vibrant histories, including David Ruggles, an African American shopkeeper who helped enslaved fugitives on the city’s Underground Railroad during the 1830s; Clara Lemlich, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant who helped spark the 1909 “Uprising of 20,000” that forever changed labor relations in the city’s booming garment industry; and Craig Rodwell, Karla Jay, and others who forged a Gay Liberation movement both before and after the Stonewall Riot of June 1969.
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