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Early immigrants settled in the urban areas of the Northeast and Midwest, in states like New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio.
By 1940, a fifth of the estimated 350,000 Arabs resided in three cities—New York, Boston, and Detroit.
The most famous of the group was Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), author of The Prophet and numerous other works.
Arab Americans trace their ancestral roots to several Arab countries.
Lebanon is the homeland of a majority of Arab Americans, followed by Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan.
Although some writers claim that these immigrants left their native countries for religious or political reasons, the evidence suggests that they were drawn to the United States and other countries by economic opportunity.
Of the approximately 60,000 Arabs who emigrated to the United States between 18, approximately half were illiterate, and 68 percent were single males.