Why Alabama? #usa #lithuania


Marcia Segal
 

A distant cousin (Aron Joseph Kaplan) emigrated from Lithuania to the US, circa the 1890s. He was in Savannah, Georgia by 1897 (appearing in the city directory), and in Birmingham, Alabama by 1906 (where he was married). What was the draw for Jews going to the Southern US? I haven't yet found his immigration papers, which would help know where and when he arrived--although I'm told Galveston, Texas was a point of entry for the arrivals to the South. He had family in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., so there must have been a draw for him to go elsewhere (he was on speaking terms with those parts of the family). Guidance welcome, and thanks in advance.

Sincerely,
Marcia Segal

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