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Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way

Hasia R. Diner


Between the late 1700s and the 1920s, nearly one-third of the world's Jews emigrated to new lands. Crossing borders and often oceans, they followed paths paved by the intrepid peddlers who preceded them. This book tells the remarkable story of the Jewish men who put packs on their backs and traveled forth, house to house, farm to farm, mining camp to mining camp, to sell their goods to peoples across the world. Persistent and resourceful, these peddlers propelled a mass migration of Jewish families out of central and eastern Europe, north Africa, and the Ottoman Empire to destinations as far-f ... More

Keywords: Jews, Jewish families, mining camps, Jewish history, Irish Midlands, Adirondacks, New South Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178647
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hasia R. Diner, author
New York University