Jewish Roots in Southern Soil
A New HistoryBook - 2006
Jews have long been a presence in the American South, first arriving in the late seventeenth century as part of exploratory voyages from Europe to the New World. Two of the nation's earliest Jewish communities were founded in Savannah in 1733 and Charleston in 1749. By 1800, more Jews lived in Charleston than in New York City. Today, Jews comprise less than one half of one percent of the southern population but provide critical sustenance and support for their communities. Nonetheless, southern Jews have perplexed scholars. For more than a century, historians have wrestled with various questions. Why study southern Jewish history? What is the southern Jewish experience? Is southern Jewish culture distinctive from that of other regions of the country, and if so, why?
Publisher: Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press ; Hanover : Published by University Press of New England, c2006
Branch Call Number: F220.J5 J46 2006
Characteristics: xiv, 368 p. : ill. ; 23 cm