Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Jews and the Civil WarA Reader$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details

Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War

Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War

(p.181) 6 Baltimore Rabbis during the Civil War
Jews and the Civil War

Isaac M. Fein

NYU Press

This chapter examines the conflicting views of the rabbis in Baltimore regarding the issue of slavery during the Civil War. The number of Jews in the United States tripled during the decade preceding the Civil War. From about 50,000 in 1850 to about 150,000 by 1860. Baltimore was deeply riven during the war years, and these divisions were echoed by the city's Jewish community both at the leadership and at the lay levels. This chapter considers the fractures among Baltimore's four synagogues based on economics and politics. It looks at two groups of Jews: the “German elite,” who defended slavery, and the liberal “48ers,” who favored abolition. It also notes the link between the religious and political positions of the rabbis such as Bernard Illowy, David Einhorn, Henry Hochheimer, and Benjamin Szold.

Keywords:   rabbis, Baltimore, slavery, Civil War, Jews, synagogues, German elite, 48ers, abolition, Bernard Illowy

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.