Today in labor history: Jewish labor leaders stamps issued

Just in time to celebrate the upcoming Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown Sept. 24), the progressive secular Jewish Currents magazine has issued a set of decorative peelable stamps (not to be used as U.S. postage!) commemorating ten Jewish leaders of the American labor movement. On the back side of the sheet are short biographies of the ten figures. Notable among them are four women, and a range of ideological orientations, from the craft unionism of Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of Labor, to the anarchism of Rose Pesotta and the syndicalism of Mathilda Robbins, to the Bundist and Socialist Sidney Hillman, to the Communist Party membership or affinity of Ben Gold and others. We wish our readers a productive and peaceful year 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

Photo: via Jewish Currents




Eric A. Gordon
Eric A. Gordon

Eric A. Gordon is the author of a biography of radical American composer Marc Blitzstein, co-author of composer Earl Robinson’s autobiography, and the translator of a memoir by Brazilian author Hadasa Cytrynowicz. He has received numerous awards for his People's World writing from the International Labor Communications Association. His latest project is translating the nine books of fiction by Manuel Tiago (pseudonym for Álvaro Cunhal) from Portuguese, the first volumes available from International Publishers NY.