The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902Monday August 2, 2021
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Author Event: Scott D. Seligman The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots that Shook New York City
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In the wee hours of May 15, 1902, three thousand Jewish women quietly took up positions on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Convinced by the latest jump in the price of kosher meat that they were being gouged, they intended to shut down every kosher butcher shop in New York’s Jewish quarter. Customers who crossed picket lines were heckled and assaulted, their parcels of meat hurled into the gutter. Butchers who remained open were attacked, their windows smashed, stocks ruined, equipment destroyed. Soon Jewish housewives throughout the area took to the streets in solidarity in a protest the newspapers called a modern Jewish Boston Tea Party. With few resources and little experience but a great deal of steely determination, these women organized themselves into a potent fighting force and, in a milestone in the history of Jewish-American women, successfully challenged powerful vested corporate interests and set a pattern for future generations to follow.
Scott D. Seligman is an award-winning writer, a historian, a genealogist and a former corporate executive who holds an undergraduate degree in American history from Princeton and a master’s degree from Harvard. Now based in Washington, DC, he spent much of his career in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, is fluent in Mandarin and reads and writes Chinese. He has worked as a legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress, lobbied the Chinese government on behalf of American business, managed a multinational public relations agency in China, served as spokesperson and communications director for a Fortune 50 company and taught English and Chinese. Most of his works about China and the Chinese, especially Chinese Americans. His last book, The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice won the gold medal in history in the 2019 Independent Publisher 2019 Book Awards, and The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902, his first Jewish-themed book, won a gold medal in the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary Awards and was named a finalist in the 2020 National Jewish Book Awards.
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