German Jewish Immigrants
A Bavarian influx changed the face of American Jewry.
Urban concentration also reflected a Jewish vocational pattern. As in Europe, Jews in America dealt extensively in clothing. Portable and nonperishable, clothing resisted the vicissitudes of the market. Cheap, secondhand garments were particularly merchandisable. Indeed, prior to the Civil War, trade in "old clothes" outweighed that in new clothing. As early as the 1830s, secondhand clothing became virtually a Jewish monopoly.
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