Unfinished People: Eastern European Jews Encounter America

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, a seminal work of history on immigrant Jewish life in early twentieth-century New York. Nearly three million Jews came to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I, filled with the hope of life in a new land. Within two generations, these newcomers settled and prospered in the densely populated Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods of New York City. Against this backdrop, Ruth Gay narrates their rarely told story? a unique and vibrant portrait of a people in their daily trials and rituals? bringing alive the vitality of the streets, markets, schools, synagogues, and tenement halls where a new version of America was invented in the 1920s and 1930s. An intimate, unforgettable account, Unfinished People is a singular act of expressing in words the richly textured lives of a resilient people. "A touching and funny evocation. . . . marvelous in its detail. . . . This is history as day-to-day living? irrevocable and unforgotten."? Alfred Kazin

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Nearly three million Jews came to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I. For the most part, they were young, single, unskilled, uneducated, and yet filled with hope of a new life in a new land. In Unfinished People, Ruth Gay fills in the rarely told story of the newcomers in New York in the 1920s and 1930s. Once past the first shock of entry, the young immigrants moved to their dream neighborhoods - in this case the Bronx - where they invented their own version of America. Reveling in the luxuries of steam heat and indoor plumbing, they rebuilt a familiar world of synagogues, schools, and stores, but with a difference. Using homely detail, Gay describes how they dared to become "up-to-date" Americans.

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Nearly three million Jews emigrated to America from Eastern Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I. In this work, Ruth Gay brings to life their story, showing how a new America was invented.

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