This book documents a little-known aspect of the Jewish experience in America. It is a fascinating account of how a group of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany came to dominate cattle dealing in south central New York and maintain a Jewish identity even while residing in small towns and villages that are overwhelmingly Christian. The book pays particular attention to the unique role played by women in managing the transition to the United States, in helping their husbands accumulate capital, and in recreating a German Jewish community.
Rhonda F. Levine is associate professor of sociology at Colgate University.
Chapter 1 Structural Adaptation, Social Networks, and Ethnic Identity: The Untold Story of Rural German Jewish Immigrants Chapter 2 Old World Patterns: Cattle Dealing and Jewish Life in Rural Germany Chapter 3 Disrupted Lives: From Nazi Germany to Washington Heights Chapter 4 The Story of Milk Chapter 5 Plowing New Fields: Resettling in Rural New York Chapter 6 Old Patterns in a New Setting: Cattle Dealing and German Jews Chapter 7 Getting Together: Creating Community and Maintaining Ethnic Identity Chapter 8 Continuities and Discontinuities Chapter 9 Finding Sociology in Unlikely Places Chapter 10 References