The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South

The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South

by Eli N. Evans
The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South

The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South

by Eli N. Evans

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Overview

In this classic portrait of Jews in the South, Eli N. Evans takes readers inside the nexus of southern and Jewish histories, from the earliest immigrants to the present day. Evoking the rhythms and heartbeat of Jewish life in the Bible belt, Evans weaves together chapters of recollections from his youth and early years in North Carolina with chapters that explore the experiences of Jews in many cities and small towns across the South. He presents the stories of communities, individuals, and events in this quintessential American landscape that reveal the deeply intertwined strands of what he calls a unique "Southern Jewish consciousness."

First published in 1973 and updated in 1997, The Provincials was the first book to take readers on a journey into the soul of the Jewish South, using autobiography, storytelling, and interpretive history to create a complete portrait of Jewish contributions to the history of the region. No other book on this subject combines elements of memoir and history in such a compelling way. This new edition includes a gallery of more than two dozen family and historical photographs as well as a new introduction by the author.



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ISBN-13: 9780807876343
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/13/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 291,935
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eli N. Evans was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale Law School. He is author of Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate and The Lonely Days Were Sundays: Reflections of a Jewish Southerner. He is president emeritus of the Charles H. Revson Foundation and lives in New York City.

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The Jews of the South have found their poet laureate. . . . Evans's prose is like himself-stylish, serene, reflective, and relentlessly candid about the issues that moved his generation.—Abba Eban



Outstanding. . . . This book is truly a brilliant gem. Its enduring appeal, which has already been demonstrated, will now be enriched by this new edition. Evans writes with warmth and discernment, setting forth an engaging and witty story that will rivet the interest of its readers.—Fort Lauderdale Jewish Journal



The Provincials remains the seminal indispensable book about the Jewish experience in the South. . . . One of a kind, a masterpiece.—Pat Conroy



[The Provincials] is truly a gem. . . . Evans writes with warmth and discernment, setting forth an engaging and witty story that will rivet the interest of its readers.—Cleveland Jewish News



No account of the Jewish communities of the South would be complete without Eli Evans' The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South. . . . The Provincials is indispensable to understanding the place where 'Jews in the South' become 'Southern Jews' and then 'Jewish Southerners.'—Jewish News Weekly



An extraordinary work of literary art.—Dallas Morning News



A solid history . . . in a personal, easy-reading format—Texas Jewish Post



A pure delight to read. . . . Warm, witty, vivid, and thoroughly charming. . . . A penetrating powerful description of what it's like to be Southern and Jewish.—Janice O. Rothschild, Hadassah Magazine



Captivating, provocatively and artfully written. . . . This book is prodigiously researched and is an extraordinary intertwining of autobiography with an unfamiliar facet of Americana.—Business Week



The Provincials is not only first rate American history, it's also a first rate coming-of-age memoir. Eli Evans knows everything there is to know about growing up southern and Jewish at the same time.—Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy



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