The Promised City: New York's Jews, 1870-1914

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Harvard University Press, 1977 - Social Science - 342 pages

Rischin paints a vivid picture of Jewish life in New York at the turn of the century. Here are the old neighborhoods and crowded tenements, the Rester Street markets, the sweatshops, the birth of Yiddish theatre in America, and the founding of important Jewish newspapers and labor movements. The book describes, too, the city's response to this great influx of immigrants—a response that marked the beginning of a new concept of social responsibility.

 

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Contents

City Unlimited
3
The East European Captivity
19
Torah Haskala and Protest
34
Part Two THE TERMS OF SETTLEMENT
49
Urban Economic Frontiers
51
The Lower East Side
76
Germans versus Russians
95
Part Three JUDAISM SECULARIZED
113
Part Four LEARNING A NEW SOCIAL ETHIC
169
Labors Dilemma
171
Reform in Full Stride
195
The Political Wilderness
221
Dawn of a New Era
236
Epilogue
258
Bibliographical Note
275
Index
331

Voices of Enlightenment
115
The Great Awakening
144

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