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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Putting Down Roots in the Goldeneh Medina

Putting Down Roots in the Goldeneh Medina

(p.9) Chapter One Putting Down Roots in the Goldeneh Medina
Carolina Israelite

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the early life of Harry Golden during his stay in New York’s Lower East Side. It highlights how the Goldhirsch family adjusted with living in the goldeneh medina (golden land) after emigrating from Ukraine, and also how Golden’s father, Leib Goldhirsch influenced him. Leib indulged his commitment to things both secular and religious so satisfactorily when it came to his family, which left a deep impression on his son. When Golden later wrote of America as a land of opportunity, he was not simply cleaving to a rags-to-riches storyline but was celebrating the freedom to live as Leib had. The chapter explores Golden’s first job as a newspaper seller before working at a hat factory, the place where he had gotten his first taste of labor politics. It also recalls his imprisonment in federal prison due to mail fraud.

Keywords:   Harry Golden, New York, Lower East Side, goldeneh medina, Leib Goldhirsch, America, labor politics, federal prison, mail fraud

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