These Central European Jews often became peddlers or opened retail shops

These Central European Jews often became peddlers or opened retail shops

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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,  Jewish peddlers brought merchandise to less-populated towns and villages that had no retail stores.  In the folklore and history of American Jews, peddling is described as the way in which some  immigrants gradually moved into retail businesses. The usual retail store was small, although some  Jewish immigrants built great department stores. In Europe, before coming to the United States, these Jews had experienced a relaxation of the  Orthodox tenets of their Jewish faith. Consequently, when they got to the United States, they created  communities founded on the principle of reforming Judaism to fit a more secular way of life. The 
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