Fleischman, Harry

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Harry Fleischman (1914- ) has been a lifelong labor and socialist activist since he joined the Washington Heights "circle" of the Young People's Socialist League as a teenager in the 1930s. For the Socialist Party, he served as National Secretary of the Red Falcons (1936); regional director of the Socialist Party of Indiana-Illinois (1939-42); national secretary of the Socialist Party in New York City (1942-50); and campaign manager for Norman Thomas' presidential campaigns in 1944 and 1948. In 1964 he published "Norman Thomas: A Biography".

From the description of Oral histories [sound recording], 1973-1982. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477249606

Harry Fleischman, a lifelong labor and socialist activist was born in 1914 and as a teenager joined the Washington Heights "circle" of the Young People's Socialist League. His activities in the Socialist Party included serving as National Chairman of the Red Falcons (1936), regional director of the Indiana-Illinois Socialist Party (1942-50), and campaign manager for Norman Thomas's presidential campaigns in 1944 and 1948. These experiences informed his book, "Norman Thomas: A Biography", published by W.W. Norton in 1964.

He worked as labor and political editor of the Voice of America (1951-53), becoming an authority on Soviet slave labor. As director of labor and race relations at the American Jewish Committee where he worked from 1953-79, he wrote the syndicated column, "Let's Be Human", distributed to over 2,300 union, Black, ethnic, and religious groups.

From 1970 to 1980 (?), Fleischman served as executive director of the National Alliance for Safer Cities, a community crime prevention and criminal justice reform coalition of over 50 national organizations.

Long concerned with full employment and job equality, he conducted a survey of fair contract compliance in 1968 which led to New York Mayor John Lindsay's Executive Order 71, to promote affirmative action for fair employment by city contractors. He has been a board member of the Workers Defense League, a nonprofit worker advocacy organization, since 1963 and its chair since 1981.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1930-1990]. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477242982

Harry Fleischman, a lifelong labor and socialist activist was born in 1914 and as a teenager joined the Washington Heights "circle" of the Young People's Socialist League. His activities in the Socialist Party included serving as National Chairman of the Red Falcons (1936), regional director of the Indiana-Illinois Socialist Party (1942-50), and campaign manager for Norman Thomas's presidential campaigns in 1944 and 1948. These experiences informed his book, Norman Thomas: A Biography, published by W.W. Norton in 1964.

He worked as labor and political editor of the Voice of America (1951-53), becoming an authority on Soviet slave labor. As director of labor and race relations at the American Jewish Committee where he worked from 1953-79, he wrote the syndicated column, "Let's Be Human", distributed to over 2,300 union, Black, ethnic, and religious groups.

In the 1970s, Fleischman served as executive director of the National Alliance for Safer Cities, a community crime prevention and criminal justice reform coalition of over 50 national organizations.

Long concerned with full employment and job equality, he conducted a survey of fair contract compliance in 1968 which led to New York Mayor John Lindsay's Executive Order 71, to promote affirmative action for fair employment by city contractors. He was a board member of the Workers Defense League, a nonprofit worker advocacy organization, starting in 1963 and was the chair from 1981 until shortly before his death in 2004.

From the guide to the Harry Fleischman Papers, 1929-1994, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn John Collier papers Yale University Library
referencedIn Tamiment Library Manuscript Files, 1749-1988 (bulk: 1910-1965) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Maurice Isserman Research Files for, The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, ., Bulk, 1970-1995, 1940-1995 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Guide to the Harry Fleischman Papers, 1929-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Fleischman, Harry. Oral histories [sound recording], 1973-1982. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Tamiment Library. Tamiment Library manuscript files collection relating to individuals and organizations associated with radicalism, the labor movement, and progressive social action in the United States, 1950-2001 (bulk 1910-1965). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Guide to the Harry Fleischman Papers, 1929-1994 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Fleischman, Harry. Reminiscences of Harry Fleishman : oral history, 1965. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Guide to the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection, 1979-2000 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the New Yorkers at Work Oral History Collection, 1979-2000 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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associatedWith American Jewish Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Bernhardt, Debra E. person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith East, Clay. person
associatedWith Isserman, Maurice person
associatedWith Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet) person
associatedWith Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898-1987. person
associatedWith National Alliance for Safer Cities. corporateBody
associatedWith Norman Thomas High School. corporateBody
associatedWith Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889- person
associatedWith Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Voice of America (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Workers' Defense League. corporateBody
associatedWith Wurf, Jerry, 1919- person
associatedWith Yorborg, Betty, person
associatedWith Young People's Socialist League. corporateBody
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United States
United States
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Socialism
Working class--Education--United States
Labor movement
Socialists--Interviews
Working class--Education
Labor movement--United States
Socialism--United States
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