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Your Call: Matilda Rabinowitz -- Immigrant girl, radical woman

Snapshot of I.W.W. organizer Matilda Robbins, writing at her desk. Photograph was taken in Little Falls, New York.

Robbin Légère Henderson’s new book, Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century, pays homage to her grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz.

She immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1900 when she was 13. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, Rabinowitz became one of the most revolutionary organizers of the 20th century. She led textile strikes in Connecticut and Little Falls, NY, and organized the earliest auto workers strike in Detroit. She also wrote the regular column "On the Left" for the Socialist Newsletter in Los Angeles. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Robbin Henderson, artist and illustrator of Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century

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Robbin Légère Henderson: Drawings for “Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

Book Launch: Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.