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Abraham Cahan

(1860–1951), who came to the U.S. from Russia (1882), was long the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Besides works in Yiddish he wrote realistic fiction in English, including ...

Religion, Modernity, and Assimilation in America

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America

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...the United States between 1880 and 1924 . In the literature that they produced, reflecting their experiences, the dynamic between newly arrived immigrants and those who had been in the United States longer shows a clear process of Americanization. For instance, Yekl , by Abraham Cahan, tells of the transformation of Yekl, from the town of Povodye in northwestern Russia, into Jake, an American Jew whose Yiddish is “copiously spiced with mutilated English”; who has “lived like brothers” with a Christian; and who can hold forth on baseball. When Yekl left...