The Jewish Confederates by Robert N. Rosen
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Reveals the breadth of Jewish participation in the American Civil War on the Confederate side. Rosen describes the Jewish communities in the South and explains their reasons for supporting the South. He relates the experiences of officers, enlisted men, politicians, rabbis and doctors.
 

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Robert N. Rosen was born and raised in Charleston, south Carolina. He studied at the University of Virginia and at Harvard University, were he received an M.A. in history, as well as at the University of South Carolina Law School. Rosen has practiced law for twenty-six years in Charleston and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
 
Published October 31, 2000 by University of South Carolina Press. 517 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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While prominent, largely forgotten Jewish leaders such as Confederate Secretary of State Judah Benjamin and Q.M. Gen. Abraham C. Myers are re-examined in Rosen's account of the Jewish confederacy, the

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Looking at the total Southern Jewish population of less than 25,000--based mainly in the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Mobile and Shreveport--Rosen concludes that, contrary to the commonly held idea of ""old"" Jewish families being the mainstay of the contingent, the typical Jewish soldier was a ...

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At times the author hints at such complexities—for example, in his treatment of Jewry in New Orleans the author suggests a division existed between established Jewish families and new immigrant families concerning the Confederacy during Union occupation—but never exploits these issues to paint a ...

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Instead of analyzing the Jewish Confederacy in the light of recent scholarship, and with an eye toward helping readers better understand the disjunction between partisan memories of the past and the historical complexity that hindsight reveals, Rosen offers a brief for the Confederacy as old Sout...

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Not only were the first U.S. senators of Jewish descent southerners, but many southern Jews held other political offices at the state and local levels, and Louisiana produced the first elected Jewish lieutenant governor in American history.

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