Embracing a Western Identity + The Jewish Oregon Story

A Jewish Vote?

"In 1916, several grocers, confectioners, and billiard proprietors in Portland were served warrants and arrested for violating the long standing statewide Sunday closure law. Unless the law was repealed by the voters, Oregonians were warned, those who provided goods and amusement on Sundays would face “wholesale arrests.” Moving to prevent such an eventuality, Oregon’s Independent Retailers Association launched a vigorous campaign for repeal-a campaign with strong “ethnic appeal” for both the established Reform Jewish community and newcomers in the immigrant neighborhood of South Portland." - Ellen Eisenberg

This page has paths:

Contents of this path: