Speaker Series: Adam Mendelsohn

The Rag Race

How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire

·         Adam D. Mendelsohn

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The Rag Race traces the involvement of Jewish immigrants in the shmatte business, and draws connections between that involvement and the economic ascent of Jews in America.”

New York Jewish Weekly

·         "If you were a young Jewish immigrant from Central Europe...chances are good that you would wind up shouldering a bundle of cheap clothing for sale along the rutted dirt roads of the rural South or Midwest...[these immigrants] wrote a compelling chapter in the success story of the Jews in America.  That's the saga that Adam Mendelsohn tells."

The Wall Street Journal

·         " If you were a young Jewish immigrant from Central Europe...chances are good that you would wind up shouldering a bundle of cheap clothing for sale along the rutted dirt roads of the rural South or Midwest...[these immigrants] wrote a compelling chapter in the success story of the Jews in America.  That's the saga that Adam Mendelsohn tells."

—Wall Street Journal

·         "In The Rag Race, Adam Mendelsohn traces the intertwined fates of the Jewish community and the garment industries in America and Britain...Like any good historical writer, he turns documents and data into relatable human stories."

—Sewjewish.com

·         "An inquiry into the wellspring of modern Jewish economic success, [The Rag Race] attends to the origins of the garment industry, poking around in the dusty, and often little-known, corners of a global exchange based on kinship and the Jewish collective...The Rag Race is a remarkable achievement, a testament to the vitality of the historical imagination."

—Jewish Review of Books