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Most of New York City_s immigrant Jews in the late 19th century were crowded into the sprawling sweatshop of Manhattan_s Lower East Side, and they wanted out. Their liberation and assimilation was the primary goal of the Educational Alliance_a combination social settlement house, library, school, gymnasium, lecture and concert hall, theater, and summer camp sponsor. Now, historians and others interested in the Jewish experience in America can conveniently examine this source of social, business, and religious history.
Exploring primary resources from the ‘80s and ‘90s reveal that since the beginning, critic struggled with classifying Cornell’s singular rock ’n ’roll vision.