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In these urban areas, the immigrants clustered in ethnic neighborhoods.
Although many found work in the industrial factories and textile mills that propelled the U. economy in the first half of the twentieth century, some also chose the life of itinerant salesmen, peddling dry goods and other sundry items across the American heartland.
Early immigrants settled in the urban areas of the Northeast and Midwest, in states like New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio.
The vast majority of immigrants in this wave were members of Christian minorities.
Today, the term Arab is a cultural, linguistic, and to some extent, political designation.
It embraces numerous national and regional groups as well as many non-Muslim religious minorities.
Others homesteaded on the Great Plains and in rural areas of the South.
Very few Arabic-speaking immigrants made their way across the Atlantic during the interwar period marked by the Great Depression and anti-immigrant sentiment.
Curiously, this literary circle, which came to be known as the Pen League ( al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya ) had a negligible influence on the early Arab American communities in the United States.