Segments in this Video

Maxwell Street, Chicago (04:12)


Experts cite several prominent figures from the area and discuss the immigrant culture that began in the 1870s. Jewish immigrants create a type of shtetl.

Jewish Merchants (04:13)

Sheldon Good and Ferne Stone discuss their grandfather coming to America in the 1890s and their father selling wares on Maxwell Street. Larry Mages discusses his grandfather opening Henry Mages Sports. Shirlee Gold Mages recalls high profile people visiting her father's restaurant.

Maxwell Street Market (04:34)

In 1912, the city sanctions the market and it quickly expands; Sundays are busy. Ben Lyon reflects on operating Lyon's Delicatessen, the Bublicks recall running Smoky Joe's, and Seymour DeKoven discusses his father's drug store business.

Business and Community (04:51)

Residents recall Maxwell Street business including DeKoven's Drugs, a novelty business, Robinson's Department Store, a secondhand clothing stall, a butcher shop, and Mackevich's. Charity is part of the thriving community.

Music and Business (05:10)

Idell Abrams recalls African Americans recording spirituals and blues at Maxwell Radio TV. Several men reflect on career influences, bargaining, and musicians on Maxwell Street.

Community Changes (04:44)

Dr. Irving Cutler recalls Maxwell Street in the 1960s; it officially closes in 1994. Protestors gather to save the area. Community members reflect on the area's history and impact.

Credits: Maxwell Street: A Living Memory - The Jewish Experience in Chicago (01:13)

Credits: Maxwell Street: A Living Memory - The Jewish Experience in Chicago

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Maxwell Street: A Living Memory - The Jewish Experience in Chicago

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Showing a slice-of-life in American immigrant society, this program captures the essence of Maxwell Street in Chicago through interviews with the children and grandchildren of the Eastern European Jewish immigrants who built this once thriving market, tracing the cultural adjustment of these immigrant families. Poignant and often funny, the program presents a portrait of immigrants achieving the American dream as the market attracted individuals of diverse ethnicities, races, and classes. In its heyday, Maxwell Street was renowned for its kosher hot dogs and corned beef sandwiches, but also became the home for blues music as African Americans migrated from the south.

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL203769

ISBN: 978-1-64867-616-1

Copyright date: ©2002

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