Haven of Liberty

Haven of Liberty

New York Jews in the New World, 1654-1865

City of Promises

by Howard B. Rock

Published by: NYU Press

368 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781479803514
  • Published: January 2015


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814776322
  • Published: September 2013



Haven of Liberty chronicles the arrival of the first Jews to New York in 1654 and highlights the role of republicanism in shaping their identity and institutions. Rock follows the Jews of NewYork through the Dutch and British colonial eras, the American Revolution and early republic, and the antebellum years, ending with a path-breaking account of their outlook and behavior during the Civil War. Overcoming significant barriers, these courageous men and women laid the foundations for one of the world’s foremost Jewish cities.