Jews in Nevada: A History

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The book is the first comprehensive documented study of Jews in Nevada from 1850 to the present. It details their involvement in the development and fostering of the state’s earliest settlements and its social and political institutions. Among the themes are: antisemitism, Jewish participation in civil rights initiatives, and the explosive growth of Jewry in the Las Vegas metropolitan area along with the development of an expanding Jewish cultural infrastructure. It includes victimized peddlers and modern ...

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Overview

The book is the first comprehensive documented study of Jews in Nevada from 1850 to the present. It details their involvement in the development and fostering of the state’s earliest settlements and its social and political institutions. Among the themes are: antisemitism, Jewish participation in civil rights initiatives, and the explosive growth of Jewry in the Las Vegas metropolitan area along with the development of an expanding Jewish cultural infrastructure. It includes victimized peddlers and modern millionaires, heroines and exploiters, underworld figures and philanthropists, as well as the religiously observant and secular.

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John P. Marschall is professor emeritus of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published widely on the history of religion in the United States.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction: Celebrating Tradition and Resisting Assimilation     1
Peddlers and Merchants, 1850-1863     9
From Territory to Statehood, 1861-1865     21
Riveted Jeans, Shopkeepers, and Ranchers in Railroad Towns, 1868-1880     39
A Gunfighter, a Physician, an Alleged Arsonist, and a Reform Congregation, 1865-1885     54
Settling, Praying, Working, and Partying in the Halcyon Years, 1865-1880     70
Women, Their Children, and Their Occupations, 1860-1900     88
Coping with Depression, 1880-1910     104
Dashed Hopes, New Discoveries, and the Goldfield Bubble, 1890-1920     122
Building a Tourist Economy and a Permanent Synagogue, 1897-1946     142
The Early Years of Las Vegas, 1905-1955     160
Building a Temple, Keeping a Rabbi, and Schisms North and South, 1950-1980     179
Antisemitism in the Twentieth Century     195
Civil Rights and Uncommon Causes     215
The Varieties of Religious Observance, 1974-2005     232
Yiddishkeit, or Ways of Being Jewish, 1931-2005     248
Walking the Walk, 1970-2005     264
Conclusion: The Past Need Not Be Prologue     283
Notes     291
Glossary     345
Selected Bibliography     347
Index     371
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