Speaker: Michael R. Cohen, PhD, Stuart & Suzanne Grant Chair in the American Jewish Experience, Tulane University
In the nineteenth century, Jewish merchants created a thriving niche economy in the United States' most important industry—cotton—positioning themselves at the forefront of expansion during the Reconstruction Era. Jewish success in this industry was transformative for Jewish communities, their development, and the broader economic restructuring of the South. The story of Jews in the American cotton trade is more than the story of American Jewish success and integration—it is the story of the role of ethnicity in the development of global capitalism.
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