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Soapbox Radicals


Nobody ever accused New Yorkers of being too quiet! In fact, some of the nation’s early radicals found their voices in New York City’s Union Square. In preparation for our next Tenement Talk, Tenement Educator Kathleen Fletcher took on the role of labor leader and founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, delivering one of Flynn’s famous speeches on a busy weekday in Union Square.

Next Thursday, October 3rd, join us for “Soapboxes of Union Square”, a Tenement Talk exploring the history of these influential rabble-rousers. Tenement actors will perform the speeches of notable early 20th century figures including Flynn and the anarchist leader Alexander Berkman. See you soon!

— Posted by Kira Garcia