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Brown Bag Lunch: Myths About Jewish Immigration to America
Start Date: 2/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 2/6/2013End Time: 1:00 PM

Event Description:
Although historians know a great deal about the circumstances which brought Jews to America and their lives upon arrival, much of the latest scholarship is not well known beyond the academy. Several powerful myths about immigration have proven very difficult to displace. In three sessions, Professor Adam Mendelsohn will reexamine and challenge three core elements of the conventional wisdom about Jewish immigration to the United States. His first session will suggest that the idea that Jewish immigrants came in three waves (Sephardi, German, and Eastern European) breaks down when closely examined. The second session will suggest that the relationship between pogroms and immigration is less direct than many suppose. And the final session will argue that the importance of peddling may be overstated as an explanation of Jewish economic success.
February 6: Waving Goodbye: Who came when and why does it matter?
March 20: Were Pogroms the Primary Cause of Eastern European Jewish Immigration?
April 10: The Peddler’s Cart Was Just the Start: How important was peddling to Jewish immigrant
success?
Adam Mendelsohn joined the Jewish Studies Program at CofC in 2008. Much of his teaching and research focuses on Jews in the South. His is actively involved in the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina and the Southern Jewish Historical Society. He is currently working on a book about Jewish involvement in the second-hand clothing trade (the ‘shmatta business’) in the United States and the British Empire in the nineteenth century.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Jewish Studies Center  (View Map)
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC
Phone: (843) 953-5682
Room: Arnold Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Jewish Studies
Phone: 843-953-4930
Email: swickmn@cofc.edu

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