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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Fithian Press (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564744078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564744074
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,468,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a comprehensive survey of the great early Jewish Americans during the Colonial era. In-depth research and fine scholarship.... -- —Dr. Janice E. Ovadiah, Director, Sephardic House

Ms. Malamed’s lecture was the highlight of the AJHS winter meetings… -- American Jewish Historical Society Publications --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Old World Jews

Enriching the Culture of Their New-World Home

This book is about people—Myer Myers, the renown silversmith; Dr. John de Sequeyra, a colonial physician who studied mental illness in Colonial Williamsburg; Abigail Franks and Abigail Minis, two prominent Jewish women; Uriah Levy, who restored Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; Solomon Carvalho, who photographed the American frontier with John Fremont. It tells how the Jews lived, how they made their livings, how they formed a community based on shared faith and common values, and how they interacted with and contributed to the rest of early American society.

In addition, the book contains an introduction placing this period in the context of the larger history of the Jewish diaspora, showing that the Jewish people who first came to America were part of the flight from the Spanish Inquisition by way of Holland.

Written to entertain and inform, The Jews in Early America will be of equal interest to adults and young adult readers. The book includes 96 photographs of people, artifacts, documents, and buildings drawn from Malamed’s collection with additions from the American Jewish Historical Society and other sources. Contains a bibliography and index. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Jews In Early America: A Chronicle Of Good Taste And Good Deeds is a chronicle of early Jewish individuals and peoples who made ther mark on American history makes for an important survey of early Jewish lives and communities and will appeal to any interested in a special study of our nation's early years. There's been relatively little written for the general audience on Colonial Jewish history, and with its "reader friendly" format, The Jews In Early America stands out as a superbly presented invitation to learn about early Judaic achievements in America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Schuyler on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Jews In Early America" is a very readable "chronicle" of the contributions of Jews to the building of America. It is particularly timely as it relates to the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of Jewish settlement in America in 2004. I found it most rewarding to gain a greater understanding of the earliest Jewish communities in Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Charleston and Savannah as well as my own community of Richmond, Virginia. It was fascinating to learn about the impact of Jewish families in such varied pursuits as silversmith, treatment of mental illness, exploration, historic preservation as well as in mercantile and retail business. This is a great read for adults as well as young people, and may encourage you to learn more about particular families as well as to visit the many important historic sites, museums and archives which bring these experiences to life!
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By Lee Rosenblum on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
The author captures some wonderful historical characters. They are interesting for their contributions to American history and culture and for their significance to Jewish history. The vignettes are sweet and written with love and care.
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