Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - History - 243 pages
When people think of the Jewish immigrant experience, it's usually the Lower East Side of New York that comes to mind. But, in fact, thousands of Jews lived in western mining towns and on ranches and trading posts in the late nineteenth century. In this "colorful history of Jewish settlers in the West . . . that stereotype of the urban Jew is vigorously and even exuberantly rejected" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES). PIONEER JEWS is a vivid and thorough chronicle of the lives, experiences, and contributions of the Jewish men and women who helped shape the American frontier.

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Well-researched and -organized survey of Jews' experiences in the Old West up until the 1910s. The authors write eloquently of the various economic, religious, and social issues facing pioneers (as ... Read full review

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This appears to be a great book, on a partial (Google) read. Fascinating, beautiful, handsome people are spoken of. Ladies such as, Josephine Sarah Marcus (Earp), and gentlemen, such as David Belasco are wonderfully introduced. The text and photographs are very well rendered. Any reader interested in The West will be greatly rewarded, even by a glance at the text. This note honors J.S. Marcus. 


Two Gold and Other Discoveries
Three Enterprising People
Four Of One Flesh and Several Cultures
Five Dynasties
Six Elected Appointed SelfAppointed
Seven Humdingers
Eight Matter of Faith

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Page 230 - Farmers and Merchants Bank. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1965.

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Harriet and Fred Rochlin are lecturers and writers. They live in Los Angeles.

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