Greek Immigrants in the Southern United States 1895-1965

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"Demetrios is Now Jimmy:"

Greek Immigrants in the Southern United States 1895-1965,

written by Lazar "Larry" Odzak,

explores the arrival of Greek immigrants to the southern urban areas, in the early 1900s, and their remarkably rapid adjustment and acculturation to life in the New South. Although there was no “melting pot,” these newcomers swiftly adapted to the evolving and singularly American social, economic, and political tenets, even as they retained and adjusted some of their own cultural and religious traditions. The majority of these immigrants became small entrepreneurs and achieved some economic prosperity, which was at the root of their successful adaptation and settlement in the southern cities.

New ground is also covered by examining specific cases where the immigrant group was just large enough to create its own viable community, but lacked the “critical mass” of large immigrant communities where Old World cultures survived longer and slowed down the process of acculturation and adjustment to American ways.