Mordecai: An Early American Family / Edition 1

Mordecai: An Early American Family / Edition 1

by Emily Bingham
     
 

An Intimate Portrait of a Jewish American Family in America's First Century

Mordecai is a brilliant multigenerational history at the forefront of a new way of exploring our past, one that follows the course of national events through the relationships that speak most immediately to us-between parent and child, sibling and sibling, husband and wife.

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An Intimate Portrait of a Jewish American Family in America's First Century

Mordecai is a brilliant multigenerational history at the forefront of a new way of exploring our past, one that follows the course of national events through the relationships that speak most immediately to us-between parent and child, sibling and sibling, husband and wife. In Emily Bingham's sure hands, this family of southern Jews becomes a remarkable window on the struggles all Americans were engaged in during the early years of the republic.

Following Washington's victory at Yorktown, Jacob and Judy Mordecai settled in North Carolina. Here began a three generational effort to match ambitions to accomplishments. Against the national backdrop of the Great Awakenings, Nat Turner's revolt, the free-love experiments of the 1840s, and the devastation of the Civil War, we witness the efforts of each generation's members to define themselves as Jews, patriots, southerners, and most fundamentally, middle-class Americans. As with the nation's, their successes are often partial and painfully realized, cause for forging and rending the ties that bind child to parent, sister to brother, husband to wife. And through it all, the Mordecais wrote-letters, diaries, newspaper articles, books. Out of these rich archives, Bingham re-creates one family's first century in the United States and gives this nation's early history a uniquely personal face.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809070169
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/05/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
352,892
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

The Mordecais' AmericaXI
Mordecai Family TreeXII
Introduction3
Part 1This Little Faithful Band of Love and Duty
1.Roots11
2.Their Own Vine and Fig Tree18
3.Cast Down at the Feet of Fortune27
4.Keeping School37
5.A Serious Deportment44
6.Small Slights and Contempt50
7.Reason Combined with Virtue and Nourished by Education58
8.Mordecai a Handsome Name?66
Part 2Love and Marriage
9.Religious Scruples Aside75
10.The Children of Disappointment83
11.Two Weddings88
12.Religion, Family, Fortune94
13.South and North102
14.Received Like a Prophet in Israel109
15.Reconciliation117
Part 3Wilmington
16.So Much to Admire and to Love127
17.A Pew at St. James132
18.Not Exactly As She Most Wished137
19.Our Religious Exercises147
20.Christian Friendship154
21.The Valley of the Shadow of Death159
22.Devouring Flames166
23.Duplicity177
24.The Power of the Grave184
Part 4A New Heaven and a New Earth
25.Souls191
26.Escape from Constraint205
27.A House on Tenth Street210
28.Toward the Kingdom of God on Earth218
29.Crucifixions225
30.Dark Days235
31.War245
Afterword263
Abbreviations269
Notes273
Notes on Sources325
Acknowledgments333
Index337

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