The Last of the Jews?

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The Last of the Jews? provides an interpretive study of Southern Jewry from the perspective of an American Jewish family over a period of nearly two centuries as a struggle for ethnic survival conflicts with a natural tendency toward assimilation. This depiction of the Mordecai family presents an intimate glance into the significant events in American History from a Southern viewpoint. The author uses primary archival sources and interviews with contemporary family members to analyze and describe currents in ...

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Overview

The Last of the Jews? provides an interpretive study of Southern Jewry from the perspective of an American Jewish family over a period of nearly two centuries as a struggle for ethnic survival conflicts with a natural tendency toward assimilation. This depiction of the Mordecai family presents an intimate glance into the significant events in American History from a Southern viewpoint. The author uses primary archival sources and interviews with contemporary family members to analyze and describe currents in American society fostering assimilation and pinpoints vestiges of ethnic survival, in an attempt to discover the future of Judaism in the South. He also examines female education and interfaith relationships in the South.

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Follows the saga of the Mordecai family over the course of a century and a half. Their assimilation into Christian society and their pursuit of the myth of Southern aristocracy is representative of many of the first American Jewish families, especially those who settled in the pre-Revolutionary and Early National Period South. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761812470
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Myron Berman is a rabbi, historian, and attorney, a former Adjunct Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a former Rabbi at Temple Bethel in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Dedication chapter 2 Table of Contents chapter 3 List of Abbreviations chapter 4 Foreword chapter 5 Acknowledgments chapter 6 Introduction chapter 7 The Patriarchs chapter 8 A Jewish Educator in Dixie chapter 9 Rachel Weeps for Errant Jews chapter 10 A Jewish Scholar in the South chapter 11 Family Ties and the Civil War chapter 12 The Lost Tribes of Israel chapter 13 Can Judaism Survive in the South chapter 14 Appendix chapter 15 Notes chapter 16 Glossary chapter 17 Bibliography chapter 18 Index chapter 19 Notes on the Author

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