Out of the Shtetl and Into the Heartland

What happened when assimilated German Jews tried to settle their Eastern European brethren in rural America?

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Abraham Cahan arrived by steamship from Vilna to Philadelphia in June 1882. From there he was shipped by train and ferry to Castle Garden, an immigration depot in Manhattan’s Battery Park. He would later become the editor of the Yiddish journal the Forward and a towering figure of New York socialism. But on his arrival, […]

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