Hawkers and their influence on the image of Syrian immigrants to the United States of America
Thousands of Syrians, especially Christians, immigrated to the United States of America and formed a small Arab community in the states they inhabited (especially in New York, as they established what was known historically as Little Syria). These immigrants have had a good reputation in the United States of America because they were not criminals and did not form gangs specialized in theft or murder, and the courts of the United States of America did not witness crimes committed by the Syrians, whether they were murder, theft or assault on women.
But the good reputation of the Syrian immigrants has become a great threat due to the fact that many of them worked as street vendors who spread in all the states, and they were characterized by their poor clothes and their sympathy for people, especially as they were knocking on the doors and pressing the homeowners to buy the needs they were carrying in their boxes, which constituted a reaction to the Americans and made them look to the immigrant The Syrian as a dirty beggar.
In this research, I try to focus on the work of the Syrians in trade, especially the singular trade, the reason for its spread in the states, how the Syrians worked as itinerant sellers, and what are the reasons that led them to continue this work for several years despite its significant impact on their reputation and diminished their respect and prestige among the other immigrants from other countries
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