Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America: A Genealogical History

Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America: A Genealogical History

by Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman, Donald Yates
     
 

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Americans have learned in elementary school that their country was founded by a group of brave, white, largely British Christians. Modern reinterpretations recognize the contributions of African and indigenous Americans, but the basic premise has persisted. This groundbreaking study fundamentally challenges the traditional national storyline by postulating that

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Americans have learned in elementary school that their country was founded by a group of brave, white, largely British Christians. Modern reinterpretations recognize the contributions of African and indigenous Americans, but the basic premise has persisted. This groundbreaking study fundamentally challenges the traditional national storyline by postulating that many of the initial colonists were actually of Sephardic Jewish and Muslim Moorish ancestry. Supporting references include historical writings, ship manifests, wills, land grants, DNA test results, genealogies, and settler lists that provide for the first time the Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, and Jewish origins of more than 5,000 surnames, the majority widely assumed to be British. By documenting the widespread presence of Jews and Muslims in prominent economic, political, financial and social positions in all of the original colonies, this innovative work offers a fresh perspective on the early American experience.

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drawing on documents, first-hand accounts, family genealogies, and ethnic DNA test results trace many of the early settlers to Sephardic Jewish and Moorish Muslim ancestry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786464623
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/20/2012
Pages:
291
Sales rank:
1,413,834
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

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