Posts Tagged “19th Century”

Arabs at the 1893 Columbian Exposition

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Arabs at the 1893 Columbian Exposition

Arabs at the 1893 Columbian Exposition By Ray Hanania One of the first Arabs that many Chicagoans and Americans came to know may have been the make-believe character, Gamal El Din El Yahbi. El Yahbi was a character created by the sponsors of the 1893 Columbian Exposition to help Americans experience the excitement and culture…

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Arabs in Chicago, settlement at 18th and Michigan

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Arabs in Chicago, settlement at 18th and Michigan

Arabs in Chicago, settlement at 18th and Michigan Chicago’s Arabic Quarter Chicago’s Arabic Quarter was located at 18th and Michigan Ave, and it was taking form just after the turn of the Century. In fact, 18th and Michigan is sometimes referred to as the “Plymouth Rock” of the Chicago Arab American community. It continued to…

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