ERIC Number: ED363533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
A Celebration of Life: Memories of an Arab-American in Cleveland. ADC Issues, Issue #7.
This document discusses the life celebrations of Arab American immigrants to Cleveland from the late 1870s. Assembled from what is largely an oral tradition of family history, the booklet describes the home life, weddings, and final partings when elderly relatives returned to the homeland or died in the United States. The economic situation and problems facing the first generation of immigrants included language, religious, and social differences that set the Arab Americans apart from other groups of immigrants. The customs of marriage described include the formalities of betrothal and the consequences of a broken engagement, with the onus usually falling on the young woman in the past, jeopardizing her chances for a second match. The wedding customs include the party given for the bride by the women of both families. The wedding day, ceremony, and feast is pictured in detail. Marriages were arranged. The effect on the bride of moving from her family's home to that of her new husband's family is considered. The importance of songs, dance, and chants are discussed. Ethnic foods, clothing, and customs are described. Life for the Arab immigrant was traumatically different from her/his life back home. From an agrarian society where land often was registered in the names of two or three men who were leaders of the entire community, and where the family was subordinate to the father, the new immigrants were thrust into an industrialized community where everyone worked and where the community leadership did not control the economics of the individual family. (DK)
Descriptors: Arabs, Cultural Background, Ethnic Groups, Family Life, Immigrants, Local History, Marriage, North Americans, Social History
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 4201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20008 ($1).
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)