Peddling, Politics and Winnipeg’s Jews, 1891-1895: The Political Acculturation of an Urban Immigrant Community

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  • Henry Trachtenberg

Abstract

Peddlers, a largely Jewish marginal socio-economic group in Canada, played a particular role in the political acculturation of an urban immigrant community, the Jews of Winnipeg, in the late nineteenth century. Winnipeg Jewry was in a state of continuous anxiety in the early 1890s, mainly because of the attitudes and policies of Winnipeg municipal politicians, especially increases in peddlers’ fees and the enforcement of early closing and other municipal bylaws. Seeking to guarantee their well-being, the city’s Jews turned to political activity as a defence mechanism to avert enmity from the larger society and to gain its approval.

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01.05.1996

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