By Jennifer Stollman
Daughters of Israel, Daughters of the South examines southern Jewish womanhood through the Antebellum and Civil battle eras. In an overwhelmingly Protestant South, Jewish girls created and maintained designated American Jewish identities via their efforts in schooling, writing, spiritual observance, paid and unpaid exertions, and relationships with Christian whites and enslaved African-Americans. This ebook examines how southern Jewish girls fought proselytization via their non secular convictions, challenged anti-Semitism utilizing private and non-private writing, maintained a particular southern Judaism, promoted their very own prestige and legitimacy as southerners, and labored diligently as accomplice ambassadors.
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They enlisted the services of all female household members, including relatives, servants, and small children to scrub the walls, roll up the carpets, clean chimneys, sweep floors, clean pantries, air out linens, and paint and repair the house. This project was 65 Larger southern port cities, like Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans, had at least one and sometimes two synagogues. Rural areas generally did not have synagogues, nor the ten Jewish men needed to form a minyan. 66 Octavia Harby Moses, Mother’s Poems: A Collection of Verses (published by her children), 4.
42 Dinah Cohen to Rebecca Gratz, 1 August 1849, Minis Family Papers, box 1, folder 13. 43 Hannah Florance to children, 17 December 1850, Minis Family Papers, box 3, folder 34. Here she is telling her children about the letter she wrote to her friend. Hannah Florance frequently sprinkled her letters with Jewish phrases invoking the glory of God. ”44 Dinah Minis (nee Cohen) recorded in an 1850 letter to her daughter Fanny that her other daughters had observed shiva (the mourning period of seven days after a close relative’s death) for their father.
Chapter Two addresses southern Jewish women’s education and argues that southern Jews employed certain traditional and non-traditional forms of female education to fight proselytization and assimilation, and to shield their daughters from anti-Semitism. Academies, “Jewish friendly” schools, Sunday Schools, seminaries, sibling tutoring, European travel, and correspondence represented just a few of the educational systems used by antebellum southern Jews to preserve Judaism and instill Jewish pride in their daughters.
Daughters of Israel, Daughters of the South: Southern Jewish Women and Identity in the Antebellum and Civil War South by Jennifer Stollman