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Jews on the Frontier – Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America

Shari Rabin


Jews on the Frontier is a religious history of the United States that begins in an unexpected place: on the road with mobile Jews. It follows them out of eastern cities and into the American frontier, where they found unprecedented economic opportunity but also anonymity, loneliness, instability, mistrust, scarcity, and diversity, all of which complicated the many legal obligations of traditional Jewish life. Against the backdrop of Manifest Destiny, ordinary Jews created religious life from scratch, expanding and transforming Jewish thought and practice within and outside newly developed netw ... More

Keywords: American Judaism, mobility, American religions, Manifest Destiny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479830473
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479830473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shari Rabin, author
College of Charleston

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