Corner of the Tapestry : A History of the Jewish Experience in Arkansas, 1820s-1990s

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One of the most comprehensive studies ever done on a state's Jewish community, A Corner of the Tapestry is the story - untold until now - of the Jews who helped to settle Arkansas and who stayed and flourished to become a significant part of the state's history and culture. LeMaster has spent much of the past sixteen years compiling and writing this saga. Data for the book have been collected in part from the American Jewish Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, the stones in Arkansas's Jewish cemeteries,...
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Overview

One of the most comprehensive studies ever done on a state's Jewish community, A Corner of the Tapestry is the story - untold until now - of the Jews who helped to settle Arkansas and who stayed and flourished to become a significant part of the state's history and culture. LeMaster has spent much of the past sixteen years compiling and writing this saga. Data for the book have been collected in part from the American Jewish Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, the stones in Arkansas's Jewish cemeteries, more than fifteen hundred articles and obituaries from journals and newspapers, personal letters from hundreds of present and former Jewish Arkansans, congregational histories, census and court records, and some four hundred oral interviews in a hundred cities and towns in Arkansas. This meticulous work chronicles the lives and genealogy of not only the highly visible and successful Jews who settled in Arkansas, but also those who comprised the warp and woof of society. It is a decidedly significant contribution to Arkansas history as well as to the wider study of Jews in the nation.
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A comprehensive study of the Jews who helped to settle Arkansas, and stayed and flourished to become a significant part of the state's history and culture. Data for the book was collected in part from the American Jewish Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, the stones in Arkansas's Jewish cemeteries, articles and obituaries from journals and newspapers, personal letters from present and former Jewish Arkansans, congregational histories, census and court records, and oral interviews in a hundred cities and towns in Arkansas. Includes 63 illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557283047
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Pages: 622
  • Sales rank: 555,245
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Sect. I Scattered Threads, 1820s-1860s: A History of the Pioneer Jewish Settlers
Ch. 1 Abraham Comes to Arkansas, 1820s-1830s 3
Ch. 2 The Search for a Safe Home, 1840s 11
Ch. 3 A Persistence Greater Than Prejudice, 1850s 21
Ch. 4 Loyalty to a New Land, 1860-1865 35
Sect. II The Threads Come Together, 1860s-1930s: Early Congregational Histories
Ch. 5 The German Migration, 1865-1930 51
Ch. 6 The East European Migration, 1880-1930 77
Sect. III Colorful Threads, 1860s-1940s: Economic and Civic Progress
Ch. 7 German Migration in Central Arkansas 103
Ch. 8 German Migration in Eastern Arkansas 149
Ch. 9 German Migration in Western Arkansas 195
Ch. 10 East European Migration in Central Arkansas 229
Ch. 11 East European Migration in Eastern Arkansas 251
Ch. 12 East European Migration in Western Arkansas 287
Sect. IV Strengthening the Threads, 1930s-1950s: The Arkansas Jewish Assembly Years
Ch. 13 The Arkansas "Kehillah," 1930s 309
Ch. 14 World War II - The Perspective Changes, 1940s 331
Sect. V The Warp and the Woof, 1940s-1990s: Merging of German and East European
Ch. 15 Congregational Histories 351
Ch. 16 Central Arkansas 373
Ch. 17 Eastern Arkansas 415
Ch. 18 Western Arkansas 443
Epilogue 463
Notes 465
Bibliography 551
Index 571
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