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Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam D. Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740910

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740910.001.0001

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Jewish Confederates

Jewish Confederates

(p.227) 8 Jewish Confederates
Jews and the Civil War

Robert N. Rosen

NYU Press

This chapter examines the motivations of Jews in the South for enlisting and serving in the Confederate cause during the Civil War. It first describes Jewish attitudes regarding slavery and secession before considering the animosity between southern Jews and New Englanders. It then discusses some of the reasons why southern Jews fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Letters, memoirs, and obituaries all reflect Jewish soldiers' main reasons for fighting: to do their duty, to protect their homeland, to protect southern rights and liberty and to support their comrades in arms once the war began. Jewish Confederates also had to disprove the notion that Jews were disloyal, unpatriotic, and cowardly.

Keywords:   slavery, Jews, South, Civil War, Jewish soldiers, secession, New England, Confederacy

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