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contact with. They were no more interested in it than any other Americans who were interested in what happened in the world. There was undoubtedly considerable interest in it in the unions known as the clothing trade unions - the International Ladies Garment Workers and the Amalgamated Clothing Union. In both of those, of course, there were a considerable number of Russians who had been exiles, either selfchosen, of because they had to get out from under the pogroms that had taken place earlier. They naturally were very much interested. There was always a very strong Socialist group in both those unions who knew the meanings of whatever these revolutionary ideas were that came out of the Marxian dialectic. They were probably very much concerned, but those unions were not awfully important in 1917. They hadn't yet risen to be the unions that were consulted about everything. Whatever rows and political excitements they had, they had within their own union. But one heard rumblings that within their unions there was a great difference of opinion as to whether the Russian Revolution was properly run or not.

A few months later the Bolsheviks, the minority party in the revolutionary movement, pushed out the Miliukov and Kerensky group and took over themselves.

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