Tag: Identity

Food and drink in the cross-sections of New York public life

1854-1857   Early 19th-century New York City was the epicenter of the boom of modern commercial society. One of its core features was the geographical division between home and work, which in turn helped spur a nascent food industry, composed of distinct segments, to provide for these modern commuters. Mass politics in the city was also born in this era…

Maxwell Street: A Marker and Maker of American Jewish Identity

Often times when we look at maps depicting demographics, we think of bodies that occupy a space, but not about what those bodies do in that space. By 1870, immigrants made up approximately forty-eight percent of Chicago‚Äôs growing population of 298,977 people. At this time, immigrants included, but were not limited to, Irish and Germans, eventually followed by Russian Jews,…