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Jews, Slavery, and the Civil War

May 24-26, 2011
Charleston, SC

Program made possible by:
The Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, directed by the Association of Jewish Studies
The College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program 

Judaism at War
Leonard Greenspoon (Creighton University) 
“The Bible Says It’s So….But, It Ain’t Necessarily So” 

Leonard Rogoff (Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina) 
“Who is True Israel”? Yankees, Confederates, Jews and African-Americans

Confederates and Unionists
Geoffrey D. Cunningham (Louisiana State University)
“A bond of distrust”: Judah Benjamin and the Secession Crisis

Gary Zola (American Jewish Archives)
The “Patriotic Corn Doctor”: The Enigmatic Career of Dr. Isachar Zacharie

Theodore Rosengarten (College of Charleston)
Diplomacy’s Cruel Sword: Confederate Agents in Pursuit of Recognition 

Jewish Wartime Experiences
Rachel Grossman (Florida State University) American Civil Judaism: Dissension, Inclusion, and the Chaplaincy Controversy

Daniel Kotzin (Medaille College)
Constructing an American Jewish Identity During the Civil War: The Letters of Marcus M. Spiegel

Richard Mendelsohn (University of Cape Town) Comparing Jewish Soldiering in the South African War (1899–1902) and the Civil War (1861–1865) 

Reconstruction
Anton Hieke (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
Going South: The Migration of Jewish Yankees to the South after Appomattox

Michael Cohen (Tulane University)
Jewish Merchants, Northern Capital, and Southern Reconstruction

Stuart Rockoff (Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
The Mysterious Death of Marx Schoenberg: Jews & the Politics of Reconstruction in Ascension Parish, Louisiana 

Keynote Lecture by Jonathan D. Sarna
“That Obnoxious Order”:
Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews
Sanctuary of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

Local Studies
Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State University)
Defending Emancipation: Chicago’s Jews and the Civil War

Matthew Semler (Hebrew Union College) Cincinnati Jewry during the Civil War

Howard Rock (Florida International University)
“A Watershed Moment”: The Jews of New York City and the Civil War

Lee Shai Weissbach (University of Louisville)
Kentucky Jewry during the Civil War: A Local History Perspective

Jews in the Confederacy
Andrea Mehrländer (Checkpoint Charlie Foundation)
Stigmatized as New Orleans’ “German Jew” – John Kruttschnitt (1812-1892):
German Consul and Confederate Patriot

Jennifer Stollman (Fort Lewis College)
“An Ardent Attachment to my Birth:”
Antebellum Southern Jewish Women As Confederate Ambassadors

Barry Stiefel (College of Charleston)
David Lopez, Jr. (1809-84): Builder for History 

Death, Mourning, and Memory
Kent A. McConnell (Phillips Exeter Academy
“…The Spirit of Our Forefathers”: Death and Religious Life Among Jews of the Civil War Era

Joseph Topek (Stony Brook University)
Comradeship and Patriotism: The Hebrew Union Veterans Association, 1896-1917

Seth Epstein (University of Minnesota)
‘No American has ever paid finer tribute to the great Jewish race’: Tolerance, Jews, and American Nationalism in Lost Cause Ceremonies in Asheville, North Carolina, 1926-1945. 

Slavery and Abolitionism
Edward Sanders (independent scholar)
The Levy’s: The Story of a Jewish Slave Owner in America, His Heirs and Former Slaves

David Markus (University of Arkansas)
The Block Family of Old Washington: Faith, Slavery, and Assimilation on the Arkansas frontier

Sarah Casteel (Carleton University)
The Port Jew in Neoslave Narratives of the Americas: Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes

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Pictures Taken by Max B. Hellman
Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

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