Selling the East in the American South

Vivek Bald discusses how, where, and in what ways Bengali Muslims made a living in America. He wrote how they were mostly peddlers in the American south around the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. These peddlers were selling ‘The East’ and the Orient to the middle and upper class to give them a means of conscious consumption. These peddlers were also often from an area of India that have a large port and thus could have been peddlers in India and when moving kept the same trade. Bald uses terms and methodology of migration discussing their movement within the US and how they were not always trying to become citizens, though some were that he identifies. The peddlers also use the port of New Orleans to travel in the Caribbean and South America to hawk there as well.

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