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The Economic Progress of American Jewry: From Eighteenth-Century Merchants to Twenty-First-Century Professionals

Barry R. Chiswick

in The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398625
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398625.013.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Economic Progress of American Jewry: From Eighteenth-Century Merchants to Twenty-First-Century Professionals

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This article focuses on the economic progress of American Jewry. The American Jewish community has experienced a remarkable economic advancement from the nineteenth century to the present, both in absolute terms and relative to the non-Jewish population of the United States. It is an achievement that is unprecedented in terms of the various racial, ethnic, and religious groups that compromise the American population. The article examines the economic progress of American Jews with the help of quantitative data. It then traces the condition of the Jews in the colonial period to position of the Jews in Eastern Europe including Germany. The article further traces the occupation of Jewish people before and after the Second World War. With the end of World War II there was a change in attitudes toward anti-Semitic employment practices. One of the sectors was in higher education. A discussion on wealth acquired by Jewish people concludes this article.

Keywords: economic progress; American Jewry; racial; ethnic groups; anti-Semitic

Article.  10508 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic History

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