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Samuel Biagetti

Samuel Biagetti received his PhD in early American history from Columbia University and produces the Historiansplaining podcast.
Articles by Samuel Biagetti

Express Train to Nowhere: Class and the Crisis of the Modern Jewish Soul

One hundred years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1919, a small, newly formed Yiddish acting troupe staged the first performance of a comedy titled Bronx Express. The play opens on a summer evening as a grimy, bearded Jewish workingman named Harry Hungershtolts (meaning “Hunger-proud”), exhausted after a day at the factory sew­ing buttons onto garments,…

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