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Sarah Abrevaya Stein - Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce
Jewish Community Center
Houston, TX
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein - Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce
In the late 1800s, ostrich feathers were to hats as diamonds are to wedding rings. African feathers were a hot commodity, and Jewish merchants were the salesmen. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Professor and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, recounts the tales of these merchants who ran the bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until the First World War. When the market crashed in the early 1900s, the result was an economic catastrophe. In this remarkable book, awarded the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2010, Stein draws on rich archival materials to bring to light the prominent and varied roles of Jews in the feather trade. She discovers that Jews fostered and nurtured the trade across the global commodity chain.

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Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096
United States


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