The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

by

Timothy Egan

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One of the first Jewish settlers on the High Plains and, with his brother,Morris Herzstein, owner of a general store. Herzstein first settled in Clayton, New Mexico with his brother, where they opened their first store. They intended to expand their business throughout the Southern Plains. After he was robbed by Black Jack Ketchum, Levi organized a posse and “chased Black Jack’s gang up among the dormant volcanoes of the Llano Estacado,” then near No Man’s Land. Black Jack shot him in the stomach and Levi bled to death.

Levi Herzstein Quotes in The Worst Hard Time

The The Worst Hard Time quotes below are all either spoken by Levi Herzstein or refer to Levi Herzstein . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the First Mariner edition of The Worst Hard Time published in 2006.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Some people said Jews were to blame for the bad times—that they did not belong in this country, a place where the Texan had boasted that its citizens were “of the highest type of Anglo-Saxon ancestry.” In Nebraska, four thousand people gathered on the capitol steps, blaming the “Jewish system of banking” for the implosion of the economy. They held banners with rattlesnakes, labeled as Jews, coiled around the American farmer.

Related Characters: Levi Herzstein , Morris Herzstein
Page Number: 96
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Levi Herzstein Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

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Chapter 6: First Wave
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
...one day in 1896, Black Jack Ketchum rode into Herzstein’s general merchandise store and robbed Levi Herzstein, one of the store’s owners, of all of the store’s cash and much of... (full context)
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
...to be hanged on April 26, 1901, the same week that Simon Herzstein, Morris and Levi’s nephew, arrived from Philadelphia with his wife, Maude Edwards. When they got off the train... (full context)
Chapter 8: In a Dry Land
Westward Expansion and the Settlement of the Southern Plains Theme Icon
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
...Herzstein family were not pleased to hear this. Black Jack had never been tried for Levi Herzstein’s murder. He had only been hanged because the railroad companies had lobbied for “the... (full context)