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The Harness Maker's Dream

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The Harness Maker's Dream

Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas

By Nick Kotz

Texas Christian University Press, Hardcover, 9780875655673, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2013

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Description
Both historical study and ancestral narrative, "The Harness Maker's Dream" follows the story of Ukrainian immigrant Nathan Kallison's journey to the United States in search of a brighter future. At the turn of the twentieth century, over two million Jews emigrated from Czarist Russia and Eastern Europe to escape anti-Semitic law. Seventeen-year-old Kallison and his brothers were among those brave enough to escape persecution and pursue a life of freedom by leaving their homeland in 1890. Faced with the challenges of learning English and earning wages as a harness maker, Kallison struggles to adapt to his new environment.
Kallison moves to San Antonio, Texas, where he finds success by founding one of the largest farm and ranch supply businesses in south Texas and eventually running one of the region's most innovative ranches. Despite enormous changes in environment and lifestyle, Nathan Kallison and his beloved wife Anna manage to maintain their cultural heritage by raising their children in the Jewish faith, teaching them that family values and a strong sense of character are more important than any worldly achievement.
The son of Nathan Kallison's daughter Tibe, author Nick Kotz provides a moving account of his ancestors' search for the American dream. Kotz's work has received recognition by the Texas Jewish Historical Society for eloquently depicting the reality of life for Jewish immigrants in Texas during this time and delineating their significant contributions to society. Kotz's insight into the life of this inspiring individual will prompt readers to consider their own connections to America's immigrant past and recognize the beauty of our nation's diverse history.


About the Author
San Antonio-born NICK KOTZ is a renowned author, journalist, and historian whose work has received top honors in his field, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence, the Raymond Clapper Memorial Award, the National Magazine Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award. With subjects ranging from labor unions to the civil rights movement, Kotz's books focus on a broad range of issues in American history, while simultaneously challenging the nation's present. Kotz earned a degree from Dartmouth College, did graduate studies at the London School of Economics, and continued his commitment to education by serving as a distinguished adjunct professor at the American University School of Communications and completing a semester as the Senior Journalist in Residency at Duke University. He now lives with his wife, author Mary Lynn Kotz, on their cattle farm in Broad Run, Virginia.
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