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9780521730235

Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880–1920: From Caste to Class

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521730235

  • ISBN10:

    0521730236

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Eli Lederhendler's Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class reexamines the immigration of Russian Jews to the United States around the turn of the 20th century - a group that accounted for 10 to 15 percent of immigrants to the United States between 1899 and 1920 - challenging and revising common assumptions concerning the ease of their initial adaptation and image as a 'model' immigrant minority. Lederhendler demonstrates that the characteristics for which Jewish immigrants are commonly known - their industriousness, 'middle-class' domestic habits, and political sympathy for the working class - were, in fact, developed in response to their new situation in the United States. This experience realigned Jewish social values and restored to these immigrants a sense of status, honor, and a novel kind of social belonging, and with it the 'social capital' needed to establish a community quite different from the ones they came from.

Table of Contents

Prologue
Down and out in eastern Europe
Being an immigrant: ideal, ordeal, and opportunities
Becoming an (ethnic) American: from class to ideology
Afterword
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