The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas

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Overview

Texas has one of the largest Jewish populations in the South and West, comprising an often-overlooked vestige of the Diaspora. The Chosen Folks brings this rich aspect of the past to light, going beyond single biographies and photographic histories to explore the full evolution of the Jewish experience in Texas.

Drawing on previously unpublished archival materials and synthesizing earlier research, Bryan Edward Stone begins with the crypto-Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition in the late sixteenth century and then discusses the unique Texas-Jewish communities that flourished far from the acknowledged centers of Jewish history and culture. The effects of this peripheral identity are explored in depth, from the days when geographic distance created physical divides to the redefinitions of "frontier" that marked the twentieth century. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the creation of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement are covered as well, raising provocative questions about the attributes that enabled Texas Jews to forge a distinctive identity on the national and world stage. Brimming with memorable narratives, The Chosen Folks brings to life a cast of vibrant pioneers.

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What People Are Saying

Hollace Ava Weiner
Bryan Stone is a gifted thinker and storyteller. His book on the history of Texas Jewry integrates the collective scholarship and memoirs of generations of writers into a cohesive account with a strong interpretive message.
Hollace Ava Weiner, editor of Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas and author of Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis and Their Work
Hollace Ava Weiner
Bryan Stone is a gifted thinker and storyteller. His book on the history of Texas Jewry integrates the collective scholarship and memoirs of generations of writers into a cohesive account with a strong interpretive message.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292721777
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 962,954
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

BRYAN EDWARD STONE is an Associate Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published a variety of articles on Texas Jewry.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Rope Walker, A True Story ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Los Jud?os en la Frontera 22

2 A "Wild Indian Region": At Home on the Frontier 40

3 The Possum and the Zionist 69

4 Texas News for Texas Jews 98

5 Texas Jews and the Ku Klux Klan 121

6 Traditional Judaism and the Beth Israel Revolt 147

7 Texas Jews Respond to the World Crises of the 1940s 170

8 "Are You Going to Serve Us?": Texas Jews and the Black Civil Rights Movement 193

9 Interior Frontiers 215

Conclusion 235

Notes 239

Bibliography 267

Index 279

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