Family Story


The Levine Family Story

Learn about the Levine family, a Jewish American family who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1890s.

This Family Story is part of our Upper Elementary Unit Plan. You can view the full unit plan here.


Overview

This article explores the life of Harris and Jennie Levine and their five U.S.-born children, who lived through the Industrial Revolution in New York City. Students explore Harris’ work running a small garment factory in his family’s apartment, and how the family maintained their culture and Jewish religious practices in a new place. The teacher guide includes student-facing questions and writing activities.


Time Period

1890s


Related Topics

  • Garment Industry
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Cultural Adaptation


Primary Sources

  • 1900 Census – Gather information about the Levines, a family who immigrated from the Russian Empire in 1890, with the 1900 census. (See below)
  • 1892 Factory Inspection Report – Learn the ins and outs of the garment factory the Levine family ran out of their own home. (See below)
  • 1898 Photograph of Orchard Street – Imagine the sights, smells, and sounds of the lower east side in 1898. (See below)

1900 Census

Gather information about the Levines, a family who immigrated from the Russian Empire in 1890, with the 1900 census.

1892 Factory Inspection Report

Learn the ins and outs of the garment factory the Levine family ran out of their own home.

1898 Photograph of Orchard Street

Imagine the sights, smells, and sounds of the lower east side in 1898.


Associated Lessons

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Examine a Factory Inspection Report

Explore how im/migrants get started through an actual factory inspection report from 1892.

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Questions on lessons and activities?

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