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Lower East Side Memories

Lower East Side Memories

A Jewish Place in America

by Hasia R. Diner
Paperback
Publication Date: 11/02/2002
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Manhattan's Lower East Side stands for Jewish experience in America. With the possible exception of African-Americans and Harlem, no ethnic group has been so thoroughly understood and imagined through a particular chunk of space. Despite the fact that most American Jews have never set foot there - and many come from families that did not immigrate through New York much less reside on Hester or Delancey Streets - the Lower East Side was the place where life pulsated, bread tasted better, relationships were richer, tradition thrived and passions flared. This was not always so. During the years now fondly recalled (1880-1930), the neighbourhood was only occasionally called the Lower East Side. Though largely populated by Jews from eastern Europe, it was not ethnically or even religiously homogenous. The tenements, grinding poverty, sweatshops and packs of roaming children were considered the stuff of social work, not nostalgia and romance. To learn when and why this dark warren of pushcart-lined streets became an icon, the author follows a wide trail of high and popular culture.
She examines children's stories, novels, movies, museum exhibits, television shows, summer-camp re-enactmen
ISBN:
9780691095455
9780691095455
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
11-02-2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
235x152x15mm
Weight:
0.34kg

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