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Author Beck, Ann Flesor, 1954- author.

Title Sweet Greeks : first-generation immigrant confectioners in the heartland / Ann Flesor Beck.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 303 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Heartland foodways
Heartland foodways.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foundations -- The Journey: 1880- -- Acculturation and Americanization -- Finding a Niche in Chicago and St. Louis -- Greeks vs. Goblins -- My Grandfather and His Mentors -- Small-City Greek Confectioners -- Small-Town Greek Confectioners.
Summary "Ann Beck is a third-generation Greek confectioner and independent scholar. With her sister, she co-owns and operates Flesor's Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, IL, her grandfather's original business begun in 1901. The sisters have been featured on the CBS Evening News and on regional Illinois PBS stations, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and American Profile magazine. This project is based on her dissertation completed at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2014. Gus Flesor came to the United States from Greece in 1901. His journey led him to Tuscola, Illinois, where he learned the confectioner's trade and opened a business that still stands on Main Street. Sweet Greeks sets the story of Gus Flesor's life as an immigrant in a small town within the larger history of Greek migration to the Midwest. Ann Flesor Beck's charming personal account recreates the atmosphere of her grandfather's candy kitchen with its odors of chocolate and popcorn and the comings-and-goings of family members. "The Store" represented success while anchoring the business district of Gus's chosen home. It also embodied the Midwest émigré experience of chain migration, immigrant networking, resistance and outright threats by local townspeople, food-related entrepreneurship, and tensions over whether later generations would take over the business"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Candy industry -- Illinois -- History.
Confectioners -- Illinois -- History.
Greeks -- Illinois -- History.
Immigrants -- Illinois -- History.
Greece -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Beck, Ann Flesor, 1954- Sweet Greeks Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020] 9780252043406 (DLC) 2020017332
ISBN 0252052285 electronic book
9780252052286 electronic book
9780252043406 hardcover
9780252085314 paperback