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Leonard Rogoff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833759

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895993_rogoff

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Southern Patriots from Germany to North Carolina 1835–1880

Southern Patriots from Germany to North Carolina 1835–1880

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(p.46) 3 Southern Patriots from Germany to North Carolina 1835–1880
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Leonard Rogoff

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DOI:10.5149/9780807895993_rogoff.6

This chapter describes how Jews migrated in family chains. As historian Jacob Rader Marcus famously quipped, no Jew was ever the first to arrive in a community. The Weils were typical of the 140,000 German Jewish immigrants who came to America from 1840 to 1870. Bavarian Jews were followed by Jews from Posen and West Prussia, and from southern and western Germany. Alsatian Jews left France for homes along the Mississippi. The wave worked eastward to Austria, Bohemia, and Hungary. Jews immigrated at rates that quadrupled those of non-Jews. They were among some 5.5 million Germans who emigrated during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, peaking in 1854. By midcentury, half of German Jewry was estimated to live in poverty, with perhaps 15 percent entering middle or upper classes.

Keywords:   Jews, family chains, Jacob Rader Marcus, German Jewish immigrants, Bavarian Jews

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