Jewish Maxwell Street Stories
Anyone who has seen Maxwell Street has a story about Maxwell Street. You didn't have to shop there, work there, or eat there. You didn't have to be Jewish. You just had to go there, or merely pass-by, in order to experience something that stuck in your mind forever. Only a few blocks south of Chicago's downtown, Maxwell Street was predominately a Jewish enclave, but you could also hear the Blues, bargain with Gypsies, and find bargain hunters from all walks of life. This book focuses on the stories of the last Jewish generations that lived and worked in the Maxwell Street market area. Beginning in the late 19th century, it was there that thousands of Jewish immigrants first grasped the American dream. The descendents of those first Jewish peddlers absorbed the legacies left them; some went on to be among the most notable and successful personalities of the 20th century. On Maxwell Street, the best merchandise was knowledge.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738532400
: Arcadia Publishing
: 05/26/2004
: Illinois
: Voices of America
: 200
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Authors Shuli Eshel and Roger Schatz collected these stories after Ms. Eshel, in cooperation with the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition, directed and produced the highly-praised documentary, Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, The Jewish Experience in Chicago. This book offers more detailed accounts of those stories and others collected from hundreds of people responding to the documentary's release.
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