Fairfield University Faculty, Administrators, & Staff!
Please join us for the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies- "Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era." The speaker Michael R. Cohen, PhD, is the Stuart & Suzanne Grant Chair in the American Jewish Experience at Tulane University.
Following the American Civil War, Jewish cotton merchants played an important role in restructuring the South. In his lecture, Dr. Cohen will discuss how the success of this niche economy depended on the merchants' ability to leverage ethnic ties with Jewish-owned firms in New York and Jewish investors around the world.
In addition to showing how these American Jewish merchants capitalized on their ethnicity to achieve success and secure integration, Dr. Cohen will also describe how ethnicity has been used throughout human history to break into the global economy and establish a group's place in the world.
The program is a free virtual event that is open to the public and made possible through the generosity of the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation. For more information, contact the Bennett Center at email@example.com or call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.