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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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Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789–1865

Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789–1865

(p.87) 2 Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789–1865
Jews and the Civil War

Bertram W. Korn

NYU Press

This chapter examines the experiences of Jews with Negro slavery in the Old South during the period 1789–1865, that is, from the adoption of the Constitution to the end of the Civil War. It considers the Jews' participation in and acceptance of the slave system as well as the relationship of Jewish status in the Southern states to the existence of the institution of slavery. The chapter begins with an overview of Jews as planters and as owners of slaves, followed by a discussion of how Jewish slave-owners treat their Negro slaves, the emancipation of slaves by Jews, and Jews as harsh taskmasters. It then explores the business dealings of Jews with slaves and free Negroes, Jews as slave dealers, and cases of miscegenation involving Jews and Negroes. Finally, it looks at the opinions of Jews about the slave system.

Keywords:   slavery, Jews, Old South, planters, emancipation, free Negroes, miscegenation, Negro slaves

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