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The Chosen Conflict: The Americanizing Effect of the Civil War on the Jewish Community

Yonatan Grossman-Boder

Title:
The Chosen Conflict: The Americanizing Effect of the Civil War on the Jewish Community
Author(s):
Grossman-Boder, Yonatan
Thesis Advisor(s):
Ngai, Mae
Haefeli, Evan P.
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Type:
Undergraduate theses
Department:
History
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Abstract:
"History, like music, has its greatest hits, recounted in later ages as indicative of an era almost to the exclusion of other examples. But such stories may not be representative; such is the case with the narrative of Jews in the Civil War. Tales of the “Brains of the Confederacy,” Judah P. Benjamin, and the anti-Semitism of Grant‟s General Order No. 11 define the popular discussion of Jews in the Civil War. Yet, neither topic is emblematic of the massive transformation that took place in the Jewish American community during the war. Judah P. Benjamin, a wealthy Caribbean born Louisianan, was appointed the Attorney General by Jefferson Davis. Later in the war he was appointed the Secretary of War and was known for his prowess and intelligence. In almost any discussion of Jews in the Civil War, Benjamin‟s name comes up. Yet, Benjamin did not associate himself as a Jew. While he never converted from Judaism and never denied his heritage, he married an affluent Christian New Orleanian and was buried in a Catholic cemetery. Certainly, Benjamin‟s story is not emblematic of Jews in the Civil War. Nevertheless, his tale is consistently told as though it was."
Subject(s):
Judaic studies
American history
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Suggested Citation:
Yonatan Grossman-Boder, 2011, The Chosen Conflict: The Americanizing Effect of the Civil War on the Jewish Community, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10292.

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