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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