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Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era

Michael R. Cohen


Jewish merchants created a niche economy in the United States’ most important industry—cotton—which positioned them at the forefront of capitalist expansion for much of the second half of the nineteenth century. This book analyzes that niche economy and asks how it came to be. It argues that timing mattered, alongside a host of other structural factors, which created the conditions that allowed Jewish merchants to succeed in this particular capitalism. But it also argues that, within this milieu, the Jewish merchants’ status as a minority fueled their niche economy by fostering ethnic networks ... More

Keywords: capitalism, cotton, merchants, Jewish, ethnicity, niche economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479879700
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479879700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael R. Cohen, author
Tulane Univ