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The Jewish Immigrant Experience in America

The Jewish Immigrant Experience in America

Joe Glazer’s musical efforts on behalf of workers and union struggles earned him the nickname “Labor’s Troubadour.” In 1970, he founded Collector Records, primarily to produce records supportive of the struggles of working men and women.

In this 1981 recording before a live audience, Joe commemorates the centennial of the beginning of the mass migration of Jews from Russia to America. Combining narration and song (in Yiddish and English), he tells the story of these immigrants’ experience in America, with an emphasis on the plight and struggles of immigrant workers. The songs range from Yiddish folk songs to union anthems to "Mene, Mene, Tekel" from the hit union musical of 1937, Pins and Needles.

The liner notes provide information about each of the soundtracks.

Track Listing

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America, America Joe Glazer 4:10
102
Bulbes Joe Glazer 1:27
103
Lidl Fun Goldenem Land Joe Glazer 3:12
104
Rock-A-Bye Baby Joe Glazer 4:10
105
Mayn Yingele Joe Glazer 2:19
106
Di Grineh Kusineh Joe Glazer 5:03
107
Mayn Rue Plats Joe Glazer 4:11
108
Hail The Waistmakers Of 1909 Joe Glazer 7:15
109
Poem of the Triangle Fire Joe Glazer 2:37
110
Anthem of the Ilgwu Joe Glazer 2:08
111
Glory, Glory Amalgamated Joe Glazer 3:16
112
Mottl Der Operator Joe Glazer 3:49
113
The Cloakmaker’S Union Joe Glazer 6:32
114
Brivele Der Mamen Joe Glazer 1:50
115
The Ballad Of Robert Briscoe Joe Glazer 3:05
116
Goodbye Uganda, Israel Shalom Joe Glazer 2:43
117
Mene Mene Tekel Joe Glazer 5:20

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