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Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland

Ann Flesor Beck


This narrative is about Greek immigrants to America from 1880 to 1930. Unlike previous studies focusing on immigrant communities in major cities, this is a rural study, examining the Greeks who settled in central Illinois’s small towns and opened confectioneries and soda fountains. The author’s grandfather Gus Flesor was one of these, coming to Tuscola, Illinois, in 1901 and taking over the candy shop there. Gus’s shop is still in business today, run by the author and her sister. Gus’s experience serves as a case study that informs the stories of more than 100 other Greek confectioners who set ... More

Keywords: Greeks, Immigrants, confectioners, central Illinois, small towns, networking, chain migration, education, entrepreneurship, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043406
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Flesor Beck, author