Jews and the Civil War: A Reader

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At least 8,000 Jewish soldiers fought for the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. A few served together in Jewish companies while most fought alongside Christian comrades. Yet even as they stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” on the front lines, they encountered unique challenges.

In Jews and the Civil War, Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn assemble for the first time the foremost scholarship on Jews and the Civil War, little known even to...

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Overview


At least 8,000 Jewish soldiers fought for the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. A few served together in Jewish companies while most fought alongside Christian comrades. Yet even as they stood “shoulder-to-shoulder” on the front lines, they encountered unique challenges.

In Jews and the Civil War, Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn assemble for the first time the foremost scholarship on Jews and the Civil War, little known even to specialists in the field.

These accessible and far-ranging essays from top scholars are grouped into seven thematic sections--Jews and Slavery, Jews and Abolition, Rabbis and the March to War, Jewish Soldiers during the Civil War, The Home Front, Jews as a Class, and Aftermath--each with an informative contextual introduction by the editors. Together they reappraise the impact of the war on Jews in the North and the South, offering a rich and fascinating portrait of the experience of Jewish soldiers and civilians from the home front to the battle front.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814771136
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 445
  • Sales rank: 1,216,544
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited or co-edited more than twenty-five books, including American Judaism: A History, winner of the “Jewish Book of the Year” award from the Jewish Book Council.

Adam D. Mendelsohn is Director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Before Korn: A Century of Jewish Historical Writing about the American Civil War Adam Mendelsohn Mendelsohn, Adam 1

Overview: The War between Jewish Brothers in America Eli N. Evans Evans, Eli N. 27

PART I Jews and Slavery 47

1 Jews and New Christians in the Atlantic Slave Trade Seymour Drescher Drescher, Seymour 51

2 Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789-1865 Bertram W. Korn Korn, Bertram W. 87

PART II Jews and Abolition 123

3 Revolution and Reform: The Antebellum Jewish Abolitionists Jayme A. Sokolow Sokolow, Jayme A. 125

4 The Abolitionists and the Jews: Some Further Thoughts Louis Ruchames Ruchames, Louis 145

PART III Rabbis and the March to War 157

5 Isaac Mayer Wise and the Civil War Sefton D. Temkin Temkin, Sefton D. 161

6 Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War Isaac M. Fein Fein, Isaac M. 181

PART IV Jewish Soldiers during the Civil War 197

7 Divided Loyalties in 1861: The Decision of Major Alfred Mordecai Stanley L. Falk Falk, Stanley L. 201

8 Jewish Confederates Robert N. Rosen Rosen, Robert N. 227

9 From Peddler to Regimental Commander in Two Years: The Civil War Career of Major Louis A. Gratz Jacob Rader Marcus Marcus, Jacob Rader 253

PART V The Home Front 265

10 Eugenia Levy Phillips: The Civil War Experiences of a Southern Jewish Woman David T. Morgan Morgan, David T. 267

11 Shifting Veils: Religion, Politics, and Womanhood in the Civil War Writings of American Jewish Women Dianne Ashton Ashton, Dianne 279

PART VI Jews as a Class 307

12 "Shoddy" Antisemitism and the Civil War John J. Appel Appel, John J. 311

13 Jewish Chaplains during the Civil War Bertram W. Korn Korn, Bertram W. 335

14 That Obnoxious Order John Simon Simon, John 353

15 Civil War Exodus: The Jews and Grant's General Order No. 11 Stephen V. Ash Ash, Stephen V. 363

PART VII Aftermath 385

16 The Post-Civil War Economy in the South Thomas D. Clark Clark, Thomas D. 387

17 Candidate Grant and the Jews Joakim Isaacs Isaacs, Joakim 399

For Further Reading 411

Index 419

About the Editors 435

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