Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Book — xxiii, 224 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
1. Down and out in eastern Europe--
2. Being an immigrant: ideal, ordeal, and opportunities--
3. Becoming an (ethnic) American: from class to ideology-- Afterword.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)