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That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

Caroline E. Light


“It has ever been the boast of the Jewish people, that they support their own poor,” declared Kentucky attorney Benjamin Franklin Jonas in 1856. Their reasons are partly founded in religious necessity, and partly in that pride of race and character has supported them through so many ages of trial and vicissitude. This book examines the American Jewish tradition of benevolence and charity and explores its southern roots. It provides a critical analysis of benevolence as it was inflected by regional ideals of race and gender, showing how a southern Jewish benevolent empire emerged in response to ... More

Keywords: American Jewish tradition, benevolence, charity, anti-Semitism, nativism, Jews, Jewish leaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479854530
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline E. Light, author