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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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New Southerners From Shtetl to Mill Town1880–1920

New Southerners From Shtetl to Mill Town1880–1920

(p.100) 4 New Southerners From Shtetl to Mill Town1880–1920
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Leonard Rogoff

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents Ben D'Lugin of Wilmington and his story about his father Jacob and uncle Abe, young immigrants from Lithuania, who walked into the Baltimore Bargain House seeking credit to buy merchandise. They had saved a few hundred dollars peddling and now wanted a store. The brothers were ushered into the office of Jacob Epstein, the proprietor. Epstein himself was a Lithuanian immigrant who personified the American Dream. He had begun as a peddler, opened a store and then a wholesale house, and became a man of vast wealth and philanthropies. The Bargain House rose six stories on a city block and spawned Epstein factories and warehouses. The D'Lugin family got its start in Wilmington because Epstein gave them “the opportunity to be successful.”

Keywords:   Ben D'Lugin, Wilmington, young immigrants, Lithuania, Baltimore Bargain House

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