The Resource Cotton capitalists : American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era, Michael R. Cohen

Cotton capitalists : American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era, Michael R. Cohen

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Cotton capitalists : American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era
Title
Cotton capitalists
Title remainder
American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era
Statement of responsibility
Michael R. Cohen
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Language
eng
Summary
In the nineteenth century, Jewish merchants created a thriving niche economy in the United States' most important industry-cotton-positioning themselves at the forefront of expansion during the Reconstruction Era. Jewish success in the cotton industry was transformative for both Jewish communities and their development, and for the broader economic restructuring of the South. Cotton Capitalists analyzes this niche economy and reveals its origins. Michael R. Cohen argues that Jewish merchants' status as a minority fueled their success by fostering ethnic networks of trust. Trust in the nineteenth century was the cornerstone of economic transactions, and this trust was largely fostered by ethnicity. Much as money flowed along ethnic lines between Anglo-American banks, Jewish merchants in the Gulf South used their own ethnic ties with other Jewish-owned firms in New York, as well as Jewish investors across the globe, to capitalize their businesses. They relied on these family connections to direct Northern credit and goods to the war-torn South, avoiding the constraints of the anti-Jewish prejudices which had previously denied them access to credit, allowing them to survive economic downturns. These American Jewish merchants reveal that ethnicity matters in the development of global capitalism. Ethnic minorities are and have frequently been at the forefront of entrepreneurship, finding innovative ways to expand narrow sectors of the economy. While this was certainly the case for Jews, it has also been true for other immigrant groups more broadly
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1978-
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Cohen, Michael R.
Dewey number
338.1/7351097309034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9075
LC item number
.C64 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Goldstein-Goren series in American Jewish history
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  • Reconstruction (United States : 1865-1877)
  • Cotton trade
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Jews
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • United States
  • Commerce
  • Cotton trade
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Jews
  • United States
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commerce
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Cotton capitalists : American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era, Michael R. Cohen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 259 pages
Isbn
9781479879700
Lccn
2017008082
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)973481585
  • (OCoLC)ybp14006737
Label
Cotton capitalists : American Jewish entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction era, Michael R. Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 259 pages
Isbn
9781479879700
Lccn
2017008082
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)973481585
  • (OCoLC)ybp14006737

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