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PlumesOstrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce$
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300127362

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300127362.001.0001

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The Cape of Southern Africa: Atlantic Crossings

The Cape of Southern Africa: Atlantic Crossings

(p.28) Chapter 1 The Cape of Southern Africa: Atlantic Crossings

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the history of Jews' preeminence as feather buyers in the Western Cape, South Africa, and investigates how Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire come to dominate the lucrative South African ostrich feather trade. It also explores how the work of these feather merchants as buyers and sellers of ostrich feathers influenced their Jewishness, and evaluates whether their Jewishness influenced their vocational pursuit. The chapter furthermore provides an account of the rise of the South African ostrich feather industry in the 1910s.

Keywords:   Jews, feather buyers, ostrich feather trade, Western Cape, South Africa, Jewishness, vocational pursuit

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