Why did the settlers choose this Catskill land, which was well known for its rocky, inarable soil, instead of selecting nearby fertile land that was more suitable for agriculture?
Viewing the Sholem land as a venture in tourism finally offers insight into the Jews' purchase of inarable land on a remote hill, but the novelty of a Jewish resort in Ulster County this early in the nineteenth century cannot be overstated.
Both were poorly carried out, often giving their purported beneficiaries parcels of inarable
land."(75) Significantly, the HHCA defined Native Hawaiians racially(76) rather than politically because a collective political identification would have been inconsistent with the anti-tribal policies of the time.