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Books Regional Song Sampler: The Northeast

Alma Gluck with Efrem Zimbalist.
Opera singer Alma Gluck with her husband, violinist, composer, and educator Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. Alma Gluck came to New York from Romania as a young girl with her family during the 1890s. Efrem Zimbalist immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1912. They provide examples of the extrordinary talent that came to the northeast during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B2- 4102-1. Slect the link for more information about this image.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The Northeast is the most densely populated region of the United States and historically has been the center of industry and commerce. Although there were earlier settlements and explorations of the New World, the Northeast was the earliest region to witness steady growth by Europeans migrating to the new world seeking religious freedom and opportunity, and it contains many of the largest cities in the U.S.

In the 1880s and 1890s a large wave of immigrants from all over Europe immigrated to the United States, primarily settling in Northeastern cities. In addition, subsequent waves of immigrants from various parts of the world often have gravitated towards cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. As a result, of all the regions in the nation, the Northeast is the most culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse.

The first commercial recording company, American Gramophone Company, was organized in Philadelphia in 1887. Victor Talking Machine Company was started in Camden, New Jersey, in 1901. By the beginning of the twentieth century, New York City had become the epicenter of the commercial recording industry.

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