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Oct 10, 2018

Annie Abdo: A Peddler . . . A Tulsa Woman

This post was researched and written by Randa Hakim, Claire Kempa, Marilyn Drath, and Marjorie Stevens.¬† Annie Coury Abdo was a first-wave Lebanese immigrant to the United States whose life both defies and exemplifies elements of the traditional cultural and historical narratives of Lebanese immigration. Annie rose from peddling to property ownership, a trajectory that… 

May 10, 2017

Complicating the Lebanese Peddler Myth

This article is co-authored by Dr. Akram Khater, Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and Khayrallah Distinguished Professor of Lebanese Diaspora Studies, and Professor of History at NC State, and Zoe Avery who is studying Art History, French, and Chemistry at NC State. She also works on extracting and analyzing relevant census data that has… 

Jan 28, 2015

Lebanese in the Brazilian National Market

This article is written by John Tofik Karam who was a core faculty member in the Latin American and Latino Studies program at DePaul University in Chicago at the time of this writing. He now works as Director of the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching… 

Aug 13, 2012

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. ¬†Many of these immigrants made money as peddlers. This article…