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Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class Paperback – March 2, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521730235 ISBN-10: 0521730236 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521730236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521730235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The level of scholarship is superb . . . . This is an outstanding, original study that will, quite possibly, fundamentally change the way we think about American Jewish history." ---Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Well argues and thoughtfully presented, this study should prompt further debate about US immigration and the nature of cultural adaptation. Recommended." -Choice

Eli Lederhendler presents a historical analysis of the transformation in the economic lives of eastern European Jewry, primarily from the Pale of Settlement in the Russian Empire to the American scene." -Barry R. Chiswick, Journal of American Ethnic History

"...an important, thoughtful, and very readable challenge to conventional explanations of immigrant Eastern European Jews' adaptation to American society." -Karen Brodkin, Shofar

"...monographic essay of signal importance for a field not under consideration here: American Jewish history." -Kenneth B. Moss, The Journal of Modern History

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In Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920: From Caste to Class, Eli Lederhendler revises common assumptions about the immigration of Russian Jews to the United States, demonstrating that the characteristics responsible for their image as a "model" immigrant minority were not inherent but developed through a realignment of Jewish social values in response to their new experiences.

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Lederhendler writes well, has clear topics that he sticks to, and includes the right ratio of primary sources. He turns some commonplaces on their heads - like the idea that African Americans and Jews competed in the labor market, which he demonstrates is massively overblown. Very interesting.
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By Karen M. Shaw on January 28, 2013
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