Specifically, we are looking at Jewish radicals from the Lower East Side like Emma Goldman, the alienated Anglos from the Midwest like Floyd Dell, Sinclair Lewis and Sherwood Anderson, the alienated European ethnics like Theodore Dreiser and fellow traveler H.L. Mencken and the Eastern radicals from Columbia and Harvard like Randolph Bourne, John Reed and Walter Lippmann coming together in a scene that mixed modernist art and radical leftwing socialist and anarchist politics in the Village.
Jews were heavily involved in this scene from the beginning. Walter Lippmann whose life we are going to explore at length was a key figure and a cofounder of The New Republic which was the more mainstream organ of the Greenwich Village radicals. Emma Goldman was a fixture there. The editors of The Seven Arts were James Oppenheim (Jewish), Waldo Frank (Jewish) and Paul Rosenfeld (Jewish).
Note: Adolph Ochs bought the New York Times in 1896 and through him it has been passed down through the Sulzberger family.