A New Vision of Southern Jewish History

Janice Rothschild Blumberg provides an account of a peripatetic rabbi with Prophet in a Time of Priests: RabbiAlphabetBrowne, 18451929 (Baltimore: Apprentice House, 2012). See also Blumberg's “Rabbi Alphabet Browne: The Atlanta ...

A New Vision of Southern Jewish History

Essays from a prolific career that challenge and overturn traditional narratives of southern Jewish history Mark K. Bauman, one of the foremost scholars of southern Jewish history working today, has spent much of his career, as he puts it, “rewriting southern Jewish history” in ways that its earliest historians could not have envisioned or anticipated, and doing so by specifically targeting themes and trends that might not have been readily apparent to those scholars. A New Vision of Southern Jewish History: Studies in Institution Building, Leadership, Interaction, and Mobility features essays collected from over a thirty-year career, including a never-before-published article. The prevailing narrative in southern Jewish history tends to emphasize the role of immigrant Jews as merchants in small southern towns and their subsequent struggles and successes in making a place for themselves in the fabric of those communities. Bauman offers assessments that go far beyond these simplified frameworks and draws upon varieties of subject matter, time periods, locations, tools, and perspectives over three decades of writing and scholarship. A New Vision of Southern Jewish History contains Bauman’s studies of Jewish urbanization, acculturation and migration, intra- and inter-group relations, economics and business, government, civic affairs, transnational diplomacy, social services, and gender—all complicating traditional notions of southern Jewish identity. Drawing on role theory as informed by sociology, psychology, demographics, and the nature and dynamics of leadership, Bauman traverses a broad swath—often urban—of the southern landscape, from Savannah, Charleston, and Baltimore through Atlanta, New Orleans, Galveston, and beyond the country to Europe and Israel. Bauman’s retrospective volume gives readers the opportunity to review a lifetime of work in a single publication as well as peruse newly penned introductions to his essays. The book also features an “Additional Readings” section designed to update the historiography in the essays.

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A New Vision of Southern Jewish History
Language: en
Pages: 603
Authors: Mark K. Bauman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-14 - Publisher: University Alabama Press

Essays from a prolific career that challenge and overturn traditional narratives of southern Jewish history Mark K. Bauman, one of the foremost scholars of southern Jewish history working today, has spent much of his career, as he puts it, “rewriting southern Jewish history” in ways that its earliest historians could
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Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Zev Eleff
Categories: Judaism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-01 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Caroline E. Light
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-07-04 - Publisher: NYU Press

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American Judaism
Language: en
Pages: 640
Authors: Jonathan D. Sarna
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-06-25 - Publisher: Yale University Press

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Prophet in a Time of Priests
Language: en
Pages: 415
Authors: Janice Rothschild Blumberg
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher:

Who was "Alphabet" Browne... and why is this the first time anyone has written about him? Between his arrival in the United States during post-Civil War Reconstruction and his death at the onset of the Great Depression, he grabbed headlines as a rabbi, journalist, attorney, and political activist, all in