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Jews and the Civil War


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Collects the foremost aticles written about Jews and the Civil War in a single accessible volume

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Collects the foremost aticles written about Jews and the Civil War in a single accessible volume

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Preface IntroductionAdam Mendelsohn Overview Eli N. Evans 1 Jews and New Christians in the Atlantic Slave Trade Seymour Drescher 2 Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789-1865Bertram W. Korn 3 Revolution and ReformJayme A. Sokolow 4 The Abolitionists and the JewsLouis Ruchames 5 Isaac Mayer Wise and the Civil WarSefton D. Temkin 6 Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War Isaac M. Fein 7 Divided Loyalties in 1861Stanley L. Falk 8 Jewish Confederates Robert N. Rosen 9 From Peddler to Regimental Commander in Two YearJacob Rader Marcus 10 Eugenia Levy PhillipsDavid T. Morgan 11 Shifting VeilsDianne Ashton 12 "Shoddy" Antisemitism and the Civil WarGary L. Bunker and John J. Appel 13 Jewish Chaplains during the Civil War Bertram W. Korn 14 That Obnoxious OrderJohn Simon 15 Civil War ExodusStephen V. Ash 16 The Post-Civil War Economy in the SouthThomas D. Clark 17 Candidate Grant and the Jews Joakim IsaacsFor Further ReadingIndex About the Editors

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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.


"I predict that Jews and the Civil War will very quickly become one of the definitive scholarly texts on the Jewish role in the Civil War. Any one of the seventeen articles could stand alone as a fascinating socio-cultural history of the period... Many can easily serve as springboards for teachers of American and Jewish history who want to provide articles depicting the Civil War through memoirs, letters, diaries, rabbinical talks, and popular magazines as well as traditional historical sources." Jewish Book World

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