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Where did the word Ghetto come from?

A street or city section where only Jews lived. The word ghetto was first used

in Venice in 1516, as part of the phrase “Geto Nuovo,” meaning “New


This referred to the closed Jewish section of the city, which had

originally been the site of a foundry. During World War II the Jews of Eastern

Europe were forced to leave their homes and move to ghettos where they

were held essentially as prisoners.

So when did it become an americanized term and how?   We have sayings like

thats ghetto, your ghetto, ghetto music, you live in the ghetto.


Why do we have a ghetto mentality in the inner city?  Where did this way of thinking come from?  Who sowed the se...

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