Jewish Immigrants to North America: The Canadian Experience (1870-1900)

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Maurice Freedman Research Trust Ltd., June 1976

Historians of Canadian Jewry too often assume that the Jewish experience in the United States can serve as a model for understanding Canadian Jewish history. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, North America could be treated as a single large country; and historians seem to believe that this was also true of the late nineteenth century. The history of eastern European Jewish immigration to Canada, however, shows such a conception to be misleading. In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, Jews came from eastern Europe both to the United States and to Canada; but the immigrant Jewish communities which took shape in both countries diverged strikingly. From 1870, immigrants to the United States settled overwhelmingly in East Coast cities, and were concentrated in a fairly narrow range of trades. In Canada, Jews from the same areas in Europe were far more widely diffused geographically and occupationally.

Topic: History, Immigration, Community Relations

Name of Publication: Jewish Journal of Sociology

Volume/Issue: 18

Page Number(s): 31-41

Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Canada , North America , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Author

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Bibliographic Information:
Sarna, Jonathan D. Jewish Immigrants to North America: The Canadian Experience (1870-1900). Jewish Journal of Sociology. Maurice Freedman Research Trust Ltd.. June 1976: 31-41.


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