A resident of rural East Haddam, CT owns an old house that he believes has a story to tell. Between 1891 and 1906, the farm changed hands six times, and the names of the residents appear to be mostly Eastern European.
The late 1800s marked the beginning of a mass immigration of Eastern European Jews to the United States. The majority of refugees came from Russia, after the assassination of Alexander II in 1881 set off violent anti-Jewish riots across the country.
By 1893, about a million immigrants had entered the U.S. through major East Coast ports, especially New York. But why did so many newcomers end up in this particular Connecticut home, and what accounted for the high turnover?
History Detectives explores the efforts of relief societies to support the Jewish agricultural community as it struggled to take root in a new land.
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Great Mexican War Posters Is this an advertisement for a film made by an eyewitness to the Mexican Revolution?
- Related Investigation Theremin How did this strange instrument help spark a rock n’ roll revolution?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Mouse Toy Could this tiny toy labeled 'Micky' be the original Mickey Mouse?
- Also with Elyse Luray Confederate Eyeglass Is this how southern sympathizers identified each other during the Civil War?
- Also in Season 6 Japanese Balloon Bomb Is this scrap of fabric evidence of a secret wartime attack on the United States' mainland?
- Also with Elyse Luray Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.