The Lower East Side and American Jewry: Bridging History and Memory

Lecture Description

How did New York’s Lower East Side come to be the place from which American Jews, and indeed others as well, tell their story? How did it come to be, if looking for an analogy, their Plymouth Rock? The actual history of this area of New York differs dramatically from the narrative of it as an all-Jewish place, shaped by the east European immigrants after the 1880s and this lecture explores the disjunctions between the history and the memory of the neighborhood.

CATEGORIES

Jewish New York

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The Lower East Side and American Jewry: Bridging History and Memory

Lecture Description

How did New York’s Lower East Side come to be the place from which American Jews, and indeed others as well, tell their story? How did it come to be, if looking for an analogy, their Plymouth Rock? The actual history of this area of New York differs dramatically from the narrative of it as an all-Jewish place, shaped by the east European immigrants after the 1880s and this lecture explores the disjunctions between the history and the memory of the neighborhood.

CATEGORIES

Jewish New York

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