Unformatted text preview: Even though the civil life of Jews in the German states and in Western Europe had improved by 1820, other factors prompted large numbers of German Jews to immigrate to the United States. These included economic downturns and regular eruptions of anti-Semitism (hatred of Jews). Moreover, it was almost impossible for Jews to exist as small retailers if the peasants with whom they did business were leaving the rural areas for the cities. Also, Jewish population was increasing heavily — the number of Jews tripled during the nineteenth century, and the need for better economic opportunities was urgent. These Central European Jews often became peddlers or opened retail shops. By the middle of the nineteenth century, at a time when the United States economy was rapidly expanding, Jewish businesses had become important to the country's economic development. Throughout the country, businesses had become important to the country's economic development....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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