Immigrant Bankers

East European Jewish Migration and American Capitalism, 1870—1914
Tues., October 19, 2010
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor

Between 1870 and 1914, thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs opened  “banks” that they ran in conjunction with other commercial enterprises, such as boarding houses, groceries, saloons, and ship-ticket shops. Rebecca Kobrin examines several scandals involving Jewish immigrant bankers in 1914 to show how these entrepreneurs’ speculation in the businesses of shipping, real estate, and banking transformed not only the process of migration for millions of arrivals, but also America’s banking system during the era of great upheaval.

Rebecca Kobrin is Knapp Assistant Professor of American Jewish history at Columbia University and the author of Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora.