Anyone who ever visited there has a story about Maxwell Street. You didn't have to shop there, work there, or eat there. You didn't have to be Jewish. You had only to go there, or merely pass by, to experience something that you would long remember. Only a few blocks south of Chicago's downtown, Maxwell Street was predominately a Jewish enclave, but you could also hear the Blues, bargain with Gypsies, and find bargain hunters from all walks of life. This book focuses on the stories of the last Jewish generations who lived and worked in the Maxwell Street market area. It was there, beginning in the late 19th century, that thousands of Jewish immigrants first grasped the American dream. The descendants of those first Jewish peddlers absorbed the legacies left them; some went on to become notable and successful personalities of the 20th century. On Maxwell Street, the best merchandise was knowledge.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.