At the Edge of a Dream: The Story of Jewish Immigrants on New York's Lower East Side

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This beautiful book tells the nostalgic tale of how millions of Jewish immigrants entered America through the portal of the Lower East Side. There in New York City they struggled and ultimately flourished in a neighborhood that was the center of Jewish work, family, and culture. For more than fifty years, the Lower East Side spawned newly-mined Americans, including entertainment icons like George Burns and Ira Gershwin, gangsters like Meyer Lansky, and an extraordinary array of ...

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Overview

This beautiful book tells the nostalgic tale of how millions of Jewish immigrants entered America through the portal of the Lower East Side. There in New York City they struggled and ultimately flourished in a neighborhood that was the center of Jewish work, family, and culture. For more than fifty years, the Lower East Side spawned newly-mined Americans, including entertainment icons like George Burns and Ira Gershwin, gangsters like Meyer Lansky, and an extraordinary array of people who would go on to transform American society. 

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986223
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Series: Arthur Kurzweil Bks.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

LAWRENCE J. EPSTEIN is a professor of English at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York. Formerly the chair of the college’s Humanities Division, he has also taught courses in Jewish studies, the Holocaust, and journalism.
Dr. Epstein’s books about Jewish life include A Treasury of Jewish Anecdotes, A Treasury of Jewish Inspirational Stories, and The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America. He has also written more than one hundred articles, stories, and reviews for various major Jewish periodicals. He frequently lectures on a wide range of Jewish subjects around the United States. Dr. Epstein also served as an adviser on the Middle East for two members of the United States Congress.
He and his wife, Sharon, live on Long Island. They have four children. All four of his grandparents and two of his great-grandparents were immigrants who lived on the Lower East Side.
Visit their web site at www.tenement.org.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

ONE Escaping from the Old World.

TWO Landing at Ellis Island.

THREE Life in the Tenements.

FOUR Working on the Lower East Side.

FIVE Life on These Mean Streets.

SIX Romance in the New World.

SEVEN Children and Families.

EIGHT Politics and Strife.

NINE The Opponents of Jewish Immigration.

TEN A Helping Hand.

ELEVEN Religion and Its Rebels.

TWELVE Refuge on the Lower East Side.

THIRTEEN Yiddish Theater.

FOURTEEN Yiddish Journalism.

FIFTEEN Yiddish Literature.

SIXTEEN The End of an Era.

SEVENTEEN The Legacy of the Lower East Side.

Sources.

References.

The Author.

Index.

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