Jews and the Civil War: A Reader

Jews and the Civil War: A Reader


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At least 8,000 Jewish soldiers fought for the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. A few served together in Jewish companies while most fought alongside Christian comrades. Yet even as they stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” on the front lines, they encountered unique challenges.
In Jews and the Civil War, Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn assemble for the first time the foremost scholarship on Jews and the Civil War, little known even to specialists in the field. These accessible and far-ranging essays from top scholars are grouped into seven thematic sections—Jews and Slavery, Jews and Abolition, Rabbis and the March to War, Jewish Soldiers during the Civil War, The Home Front, Jews as a Class, and Aftermath—each with an introduction by the editors. Together they reappraise the impact of the war on Jews in the North and the South, offering a rich and fascinating portrait of the experience of Jewish soldiers and civilians from the home front to the battle front.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814771136
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 445
Sales rank: 712,355
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited or co-edited more than twenty-five books, including American Judaism: A History , winner of the “Jewish Book of the Year” award from the Jewish Book Council.

Adam D. Mendelsohn is Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research and Associate Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is the co-editor of Jews and the Civil War: A Reader (NYU Press, 2010) and of Transnational Traditions: New Perspective on American Jewish History.

Table of Contents

Adam Mendelsohn
Eli N. Evans
1 Jews and New Christians in the Atlantic Slave Trade
Seymour Drescher
2 Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789–1865
Bertram W. Korn
3 Revolution and Reform
Jayme A. Sokolow
4 The Abolitionists and the Jews
Louis Ruchames
5 Isaac Mayer Wise and the Civil War
Sefton D. Temkin
6 Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War
Isaac M. Fein
7 Divided Loyalties in 1861
Stanley L. Falk
8 Jewish Confederates
Robert N. Rosen
9 From Peddler to Regimental Commander in Two Year
Jacob Rader Marcus
10 Eugenia Levy Phillips
David T. Morgan
11 Shifting Veils
Dianne Ashton
12 “Shoddy” Antisemitism and the Civil War
Gary L. Bunker and John J. Appel
13 Jewish Chaplains during the Civil War
Bertram W. Korn
14 That Obnoxious Order
John Simon
15 Civil War Exodus
Stephen V. Ash
16 The Post–Civil War Economy in the South
Thomas D. Clark
17 Candidate Grant and the Jews
Joakim Isaacs
For Further Reading
About the Editors

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