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Monumental in scope and intensity, this vibrantly specified chronicle sweeps from New Amsterdam of 1654, the place Brazilian Jewish refugees verified a beachhead sooner or later long island, to the Eighties crusade to resettle Soviet Jews within the usa. within the such a lot entire and revealing account up to now of the saga of yank Jewry, George Washington collage historian Sachar explores how Jews confronted the problem of keeping their old team id inside of a widening matrix of Americanization. He charts the contributions of Jews from the innovative conflict to the California Gold Rush of 1849 to hard work activism and Tin Pan Alley. He additionally profiles ratings of influential Jews starting from Samuel Gompers to Alfred Heinz (Henry) Kissinger. Sachar ( A background of Israel ) contains fairly incisive sections on American Jews' heated divisions over Zionism, the efforts to rescue Europe's Jews from Nazism, black-Jewish family and the Jews' influence on American tradition. This soaking up narrative unfolds a best suited epic of immigration, attractiveness, acculturation and reaffirmed id within the face of institutionalized discrimination.

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Water Bicycle, c. 1902. Excelsior boat builder Andrew Peterson is demonstrating his version of the “Bicycle Boat” or “Water Cycle,” a popular novelty in the 1890s. When pedaled, a submerged wheel turned a propeller at the stern. ) 64 M ail Delivery, Excelsior, 1902. Excelsior was a hub for the new Rural Free Delivery, with routes radiating out from the town to farmlands. Lou Perkins began 35-mile rural route No. 3 in 1900 with his mare, Pet, who missed only 12 trips. He reported that the winter of 1904 was a strenuous one, but he had not missed a trip or frozen any part of his body.

Today, it is used for private offices and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ) 48 Mound Grade School. The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1908 to accommodate the town’s growing population. After 1917, kindergarten classes were added, and in 1942, it was retired from the education system and used as an ammunition box factory during World War II. In 1946, it was the first home of Mound Metalcraft, later known as Tonka Toys. Rendered unusable after fire damage, the building was demolished in 1964.

Excelsior, c. 1883. This view from the roof of the Slater House looks northwest up Second Street toward Water Street from today’s School Avenue. Major structures shown include, from left to right, the Central Boarding House, Dr. R. Perkins’s home, Gates’s Livery barn, Newell’s store, Excelsior House (four stories), Long View House (three stories), and the White House hotel. ) 58 Excelsior Depot. The Excelsior Depot stood at Water and Third Streets and was built by the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway in 1883.

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