The Other 1492: Jewish Settlement in the New World

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Mention 1492 and most people conjure up images of three stout ships making their way west. But 1492 was the year in which the vibrant Jewish community of Spain came to an abrupt and tragic end. The Other 1492 details the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal and their early immigration to the New World. European anti-Semitism followed the Jews but the newcomers persevered and made a home for themselves in the New World.

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Overview

Mention 1492 and most people conjure up images of three stout ships making their way west. But 1492 was the year in which the vibrant Jewish community of Spain came to an abrupt and tragic end. The Other 1492 details the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal and their early immigration to the New World. European anti-Semitism followed the Jews but the newcomers persevered and made a home for themselves in the New World.

Starred Review and Editor's Choice, Booklist, NCCS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book and American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1990.

Describes the causes, events, and aftermath of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aided by photographs and art reproductions, this work sheds compelling light on historical and religious issues. Ages 11-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The day before Columbus departed Palos, the last of two hundred thousand Jews who refused to renounce Judaism fled Spain. Their expulsion and migration throughout Europe, Africa, and the western hemisphere, is meticulously described in The Other 1492. With a focus on specific historical figures, Norman H. Finkelstein traces the beleaguered peoples' wanderings from their Golden Age in Moorish Spain through expulsion from Catholic Spain, to arrival in New Amsterdam (now New York City). He recounts the accomplishments, contributions and influence of Spanish Jews-poets, philosophers and businessmen-some of whom were responsible for the funding of Columbus' venture.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
History is full of paradoxes. Just as Columbus was setting sail to discover new worlds, the docks were crowded with Jews who were being expelled from Spain for religious reasons. They had lived in Spain for generations and were among the best educated and most productive citizens. Even those who converted were not safe. Finklestein has written a detailed account of these events.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
What happened in 1492? Easy, right? Wrong! In The Other 1492, Norman Finkelstein describes the other events in the year 1492 that included the Inquisition and the banishing of the Jews from Spain. This is a fascinating look at European history from a different point of view - the point of view of a people that was despised for no reason at all, other than that it was `other', and therefore not quite human. Finkelstein shows how it was possible for Jews to settle in the New World of North and South America, and how eventually they prospered there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595152797
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 1,422,912
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Expulsion and Exploration 1
2 The Golden Age 9
3 New Christians, Old Troubles 20
4 Baptism by Fire 27
5 Expulsion 36
6 The Trail of Hidden Tears 46
7 An Uncertain Refuge 58
8 Finally, Freedom 73
9 Long Live Columbus 89
A Select Bibliography 95
Index 97
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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    A Jewish Story Unknown to Many

    This book is about a period of Jewish history that is unknown to many readers. It the story of heroism, sacrifice, tragedy, and desperation. It is the story of the Sephardim Jews of Spain and Portugal in the 14th and 15th centuries. The book is well written but a bit superficial for students of history. It is a good book for middle school students or someone who wants a surface understanding of this period.

    If you are not familiar with this historical period this book is a good introduction. The author provides a list of reference books for those readers who wish to explore this time period in more detail.

    I recommend this book for Sunday school teachers. Students would find the writing easy to understand and it would give them a good historical introduction into the Inquisition.

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