Manhattan's Lower East Side stands for Jewish experience in America. This is an account of one of our famous neighborhoods and its power to shape identity. It examines children's stories, novels, movies, museum exhibits, television shows, summer-camp reenactments, walking tours, and photos hung on deli walls far from Manhattan.
Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Her books include In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935; A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880, and Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration.