Acehan - Turkish Leatherworkers in Peabody, Massachusetts
Quick adjustment of Turkish workers to labor rights despite their rural background resulted from lectures given by the Turkish community, changing circumstances of Balkan and WWI.
- 90% of early Turkish immigrants returned to Turkey in the late 1920’s and 30’s.
- Vecoli - If we are to advance the study of immigration beyond the level of facile generalizations, we need a series of microstudies which trace particular contingents of immigrants from their specific origins to their specific destinations - pg 22
- Most turkish immigrants ended up near Peabody, MA, a center for leatherworking
- Hard labor for tannery work
- Rise of “Ottoman street” containing coffee houses for laborers to discuss and get news on their homelands
- Balkan Wars and WWI began more understanding about collective labor rights
- WWI in particular began more ethnic and class-conscious
- organized labor began with the Local No 1 of the United Leather Worker’s Union
- Unique place faded away due to increasing prospects in the homeland