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The Promised City

The Promised City

New York’s Jews, 1870–1914, Revised Edition

Moses Rischin

ISBN 9780674715011

Publication date: 01/01/1977

Rischin paints a vivid picture of Jewish life in New York at the turn of the century. Here are the old neighborhoods and crowded tenements, the Rester Street markets, the sweatshops, the birth of Yiddish theatre in America, and the founding of important Jewish newspapers and labor movements. The book describes, too, the city's response to this great influx of immigrants—a response that marked the beginning of a new concept of social responsibility.


  • Mr. Rischin tells the turbulent story of the tenements with simple honesty and with an affection untouched by defensiveness or sentimentality… Years of painstaking research make this book an indispensable synthesis of a great experience.

    —John Higham, New York Times Book Review

Book Details

  • 374 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press