Dixie Diaspora: An Anthology of Southern Jewish History

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Regional Jewish history at its best.
This book is an anthology of essays designed to introduce readers to key issues in this growing field of scholarship and to encourage further study. Divided into five sections--“Jews and Judaism,” “Small Town Life,” “Business and Governance,” “Interaction,” and “Identity”--the essays cover a broad geographical and chronological span and address a variety of topics, including economics, politics, roles of women, ethnicity, and race. This organizational structure enhances the volume’s historical treatment of regional Jewish history and lends itself to cross-disciplinary study in fields such as cultural studies, religious studies, and political science.
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"This intriguing collection of essays offers a window into a still infrequently explored aspect of US Judaism, the one that eventually came complete with a southern drawl. The offerings range from examinations of 18th-century Savannah Jews to eastern European immigrants in small southern towns to Montgomery Jews during the height of the civil rights struggle. The volume includes an exploration of Jews and Judaism, small-town life, business and governance, interaction with non-Jews, and the identity of southern Jews. The essays vary widely in quality, but include a brilliant offering by Stephen J. Whitfield, 'The Braided Identity of Southern Jewry,' and Leonard Rogoff's disconcerting query, 'Is the Jew White?,' which traces how the southern Jew has been viewed in a racial contest. Hollace Ava Weiner delves deeply into the Lone Star State; Ira M. Sheskin relates the demise of small Jewish communities in the region; and Philip and Morris Dzialynski discuss how Jews helped to rebuild the South following the Civil War. Howard N. Rabinowitz grapples with nativism, bigotry, and anti-semitism, while Eliza R. L. McGraw traces how the Southern Baptist Convention hoped 'to win the Jews for Christ.' Summing Up: Recommended. For general and academic libraries."

“The essays, while published elsewhere, make a contribution when read against one another. Bringing them together in an anthology allows the reader to think about the issues raised in much deeper ways. In addition, the essays are diverse, well researched, and thoughtful. They reflect a wide spectrum of opinion, providing interest and challenge.”-- Phyllis K. Leffler, coauthor of Academic and Public History: A Paradigm and Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817315047
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2006
  • Series: Judaic Studies Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark K. Bauman is retired Professor of History at Atlanta Metropolitan College and coeditor of The Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : an anthology of southern Jewish history 1
1 A "haven of benignity" : conflict and cooperation between eighteenth-century Savannah Jews 12
2 Southern rabbis and the foundation of the first National Association of Rabbis 33
3 The mixers : the role of rabbis deep in the heart of Texas 55
4 East European immigrants and the image of Jews in the small-town South 108
5 Jewish women in the central Appalachian coal fields, 1880-1960 : from breadwinners to community builders 143
6 The Dixie diaspora : the "loss" of the small southern Jewish community 165
7 Jewish commercial interests between North and South : the case of the Lehmans and the Seligmans 195
8 Philip and Morris Dzialynski : Jewish contributions to the rebuilding of the South 209
9 Role theory and history : the illustration of ethnic brokerage in the Atlanta Jewish community in an era of transition and conflict 236
10 Nativism, bigotry and anti-semitism in the South 270
11 "Notorious in the neighborhood" : an interracial family in early national and antebellum Virginia 285
12 Closing ranks : Montgomery Jews and civil rights, 1954-1960 331
13 Interaction and identity : Jews and Christians in nineteenth century New Orleans 357
14 Is the Jew white? : the racial place of the southern Jew 390
15 The braided identity of southern Jewry 427
16 "How to win the Jews for Christ" : southern Jewishness and the southern Baptist convention 452
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