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The Resource Branching out : German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914, Avraham Barkai

Branching out : German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914, Avraham Barkai

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Branching out : German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914
Title
Branching out
Title remainder
German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914
Statement of responsibility
Avraham Barkai
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The many thousands of Jews from German-speaking lands who came to the United States throughout the nineteenth century played a major part in laying the foundations of the Jewish community in America. The author considers these immigrants a branch of German Jewry, compelled to seek overseas the political and civil rights denied them at home. In this volume of the Ellis Island Series, the fascinating story of this mass immigration of mostly poor, enterprising, young people is told in vivid detail. Drawing on rare letters, diaries, memoirs, period newspapers, journals, and other firsthand accounts, Barkai traces the process of family-oriented chain migration, resettlement, and acculturation, exploring as well the group's relations with the Jewish community in Germany and with German and Jewish immigrants in the New World. Often starting out as peddlers and storekeepers, the immigrants moved back and forth from East Coast towns and cities to settlements in the South, Midwest, and Far West, helping to expand the American frontier and to develop cities such as Cincinnati St. Louis, Milwaukee, and San Francisco. The narrative chronicles their experiences in the goldfields of California, on Indian reservations, and during the Civil War, in which German-Jewish soldiers in the Union and Confederate armies struggled against bigotry to assert their civil rights. These engaging personal narratives are woven into an account of the formative role played by German-Jewish immigrants in establishing the institutional framework of the American-Jewish community. Their influential network of mutual aid and philanthropic organizations would be challenged, at the turn of the century, by the great mass migration of Jews from Eastern Europe. The author's presentation of the dramatic encounter between these two groups sheds new light not only on this critical period in American-Jewish history but also on the dynamics of cultural change in a pluralist society
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Barkai, Avraham
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Ellis Island series
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  • Jews, German
  • Jews
  • Immigrants
  • United States
  • Germany
  • United States
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Branching out : German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914, Avraham Barkai
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-261) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Old World and the New -- 1. The First Wave: A Substitute for Emancipation, 1820-1860 -- 2. Exploring the Territory -- 3. Putting Down Roots -- 4. The Social Structure of an Emerging Community -- 5. Loyalties and Assertion: The Civil War Years -- 6. The Second Wave, 1865-1914 -- 7. Americanization Delayed -- 8. German and Other Jews
Control code
27975174
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 269 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780841911529
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1606860
Label
Branching out : German-Jewish immigration to the United States, 1820-1914, Avraham Barkai
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Old World and the New -- 1. The First Wave: A Substitute for Emancipation, 1820-1860 -- 2. Exploring the Territory -- 3. Putting Down Roots -- 4. The Social Structure of an Emerging Community -- 5. Loyalties and Assertion: The Civil War Years -- 6. The Second Wave, 1865-1914 -- 7. Americanization Delayed -- 8. German and Other Jews
Control code
27975174
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 269 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780841911529
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(WaOLN)1606860

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