Jews in the South

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The literature on southern Jews is thin. There is no single history of Jews in the South and there are few monographs. The only general surveys are Alfred O. Hero's essay, reprinted in this volume; and Leonard Dinnerstein, "A Note on Southern Attitudes Toward Jews," Jewish Social Studies, XXXII ( January, 1970), 43-49, and Dinnerstein, "A Neglected Aspect of Southern Jewish History," American Jewish Historical Quarterly, LXI ( September, 1971), 52-68. The best articles from the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, which is now the American Jewish Historical Quarterly, have been collected by Abraham J. Karp and published in five volumes under the title, The Jewish Experience in America ( New York: KTAV Publ. House, Inc., 1969); while some of the notable articles from American Jewish Archives have been published in three volumes entitled Critical Studies in American Jewish History, edited by Jacob Rader Marcus ( New York: KTAV Publ. House, Inc., 1970). Both of these collections contain some good essays on southern Jewry.

For the colonial era, one might look at the relevant chapters of Jacob Rader Marcus , The Colonial American Jew: Fourteen Ninety-Two- Seventeen Seventy-Six ( 3 vols.; Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1969). Marcus also provides an extensive bibliography.

For the period between the Revolution and the Jacksonian era, there is a good deal of material on the South in Joseph L. Blau and Baron Salo W. (eds.), The Jews of the United States, 1790-1840: A Documentary History ( 3 vols.; New York: Columbia University Press, 1963). Peter Still, The Kidnapped and the Ransomed: The Narrative of Peter and Vina Still After Forty Years of Slavery was originally published in 1856, but it has been


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