The Early Jewish Community of Boston's North End: A Sociologically Oriented Study of an Eastern European Jewish Immigrant Community in an American Big-City Neighborhood between 1870 and 1900

The Early Jewish Community of Boston's North End: A Sociologically Oriented Study of an Eastern European Jewish Immigrant Community in an American Big-City Neighborhood between 1870 and 1900

The Early Jewish Community of Boston's North End: A Sociologically Oriented Study of an Eastern European Jewish Immigrant Community in an American Big-City Neighborhood between 1870 and 1900

The Early Jewish Community of Boston's North End: A Sociologically Oriented Study of an Eastern European Jewish Immigrant Community in an American Big-City Neighborhood between 1870 and 1900

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Rabbi Wieder's fascinating history of the early Jewish community of the North End of Boston will appeal to several groups of readers. To the layman he tells a lively story of immigrants escaping from the shtetl of Eastern Europe to create a new Jewish and American way of life in the streets of Boston. To the social historian it is the account of the migration of one ethnic group to a Boston neighborhood during the last three decades of the nineteenth century and at the same time it is part of the larger epic of the great Atlantic migration of Europeans to the New World. This monograph also contains material of sociological, anthropological, and economic interest. The author discusses, among other things, intergroup contacts, acculturation, value conflict, social change, family structure, the economics of peddling, and the sociology of religion. These phenomena and their interrelations are presented in five chapters: Immigration, Making a Living, Homes and Family Life, Religious Life, and Raising a New Generation.

Wieder's major contribution, as I see it, is to challenge the traditional view of sociologists and historians . . .

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