By Emily Duchin
Succession - The Hasidic Jews and Mexican immigrants took over Postville, creating and working in their own meat plants and even requiring teachers to teach English to the immigrant's children. Yep. The amount of non-English speakers in small-town Iowa required the schools to teach them the language.
Below is a diagram of how Postville relates to succession.
Residential Segregation - Real estate agents would raise prices on their neighborhood houses whenever a Mexican immigrant would be searching for a house. Because they could not afford it, they then had to move to a more far away trailer that was cheaper. This meant that many of the immigrants lived in the outskirts of Postville, together, rather than closer to the locals.
This is an example of the trailer home the Mexicans lived in due to increased prices. They were not next door to their Jewish or white neighbors and lived near other Mexicans.
Postville police chief speaks about how the Mexicans are making the locals feel unsafe.
As more Mexican immigrants flow into the town, groups like these form on the streets. They may be just out for a walk, but many of the locals with kids refused to let their children walk home alone.
A Mexican immigrant working at a kosher meat plant. The owners were glad to hire them, but this stirred controversy with the amount of Hispanics in the town.
Identifying Against - The Hasidic Jews certainly did in Postville. They did not mow their lawns, a shocking occurrence in the town. They also wore dark clothing in the middle of summer and did not identify with small town culture. The narrator mentions that one of the defining traits for the Jews was that they identified against to maintain their identity.
Who wears dark clothes during the summer? Ugh. Why can't they be like us instead!
"It used to be, people would come into America and want to be a part of it. That is happening no more. In many instances, the Postville Jews oppose that. They don't really embrace Postville. They embrace themselves and their culture."
On this photo, a parade celebrating a Jewish holiday is taking place. The Hasidic Jews still stuck to their culture instead of blowing it away.