ABSTRACT

It will be twenty-five years in July since Jewish workers in Russia went out on their first mass strike and the Jewish Labor movement began to assume a more or less planned and conscious character. This was the first important step of the Jewish Labor movement not only because of the extent and the duration of the strike (all workers in Bialystok’s mills were on strike for two months), but also because of its wonderful organization. These first steps toward organization of Jewish labor date back to 1887, exactly ten years before the rise of the Bund.