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Peddler’s license

An 1897 article in a Wilmington newspaper titled “The Peddlers License: A Word or Two About How To Many Peddlers Fake It” details the perception of Assyrian peddlers. Today, many families have ties to first-wave immigrants arriving in North Carolina from the 1880s to 1940s. ┬áMany of these immigrants made money as peddlers. This article sheds light on the way in which many Wilmington residents and businesspeople viewed them as “foreigners…[who are] not a credit to a community by any means…” This is an important document reminding us of the environment within which many first-wave immigrants worked to make a living in a new country.