Developments in retail, industry and finance (illustration)
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Hudson River. Mill House built by one of earliest Jewish merchants
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Jewish contribution to US economy explored

Lesser-known aspects of Jewish contribution to economic expansion in United States during 19th century to be focus of November conference in Center for Jewish History in New York

The lesser-known aspects of the Jewish contribution to economic expansion in the United States during the 19th century will be the focus of a conference to be held at the Center for Jewish History in New York on Sunday, November 7, 2010.


Called "Merchants Jews in the New World: 1800-1900," it is being sponsored by The Gomez Foundation for Mill House.


It is part of their lead-up to the 300th anniversary of the construction of the Mill House, situated on the upper Hudson River, which was built by one of the earliest Jewish merchants in this country. Sessions will include a panel of presentation on 19th Century developments in three key areas: Retail, industry and finance.


Gene Dattel, author of the recently published "Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power," will deliver the keynote address. He will be followed by a series of roundtable discussions, roundtable summaries, moderated discussions and more.


Participants will include Andrée Aelion Brooks, Jewish historian, journalist and author; Gene Dattel, financial historian and author; Kenneth Libo, Adjunct Professor of History, Hunter College; Bonnie S. Wasserman, Lecturer, Fordham University; Ainsley Henriques, historian; Kate Myslinski, genealogy researcher and writer and Ruth Abrahams, executive director of the Gomez Foundation.


The conference is the second of three to explore the theme of "Jewish Merchants in the New World."


Ruth Abrahams, executive director of the Gomez Foundation said, "We hope to encourage further dialogue on the topic of Jewish contributions to the founding and development of America."


The prior year's conference, she noted, covered the early period, 1500-1800, and the 2011 conference will focus upon 1900-present.



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