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Guide to the Edith Segal Collection on Labor Activism TAM 684

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 11, 2018
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 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2018 accretion  , June 2018

Biographical Note

Edith Segal (1906-1997) was an American dancer, teacher, and poet. She was born in New York's Lower East Side in 1906 to working-class Jewish immigrants. Throughout her life Segal was a committed leftist, and her work was closely tied to her political activism. A supporter of the Soviet Union, Segal formed the dance company the Red Dancers in 1929 and choreographed performances in honor of V.I. Lenin. Her other works focused on topics related civil and workers' rights as well as Jewish cultural themes. She created her most famous work Black and White in 1930, which was the first interracial dance performance in the United States. Later in her life Segal worked as a dance teacher at Camp Kinderland and published several books of poetry. She died in New York City in 1997.