Haven of Liberty
New York Jews in the New World, 1654-1865
- "This bold, well-researched and beautifully-illustrated history of New York's Jews (1654-1865) introduces the theme of republicanism into American Jewish history, and properly contextualizes Jews within the larger history of the metropolis. A remarkable accomplishment, Haven of Liberty will stand for years to come as the definitive history of New York City's early Jewish community."
—Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
"Covers its chronological sweep so smoothly that readers may not immediately realize how many cultures, times, and decades they have crossed in 250 pages. . . . Deftly integrates biographical sketches into a larger cultural and political account and provides a human dimension exploring differences between the colonial Jewish community and the already varied communities of the early national and antebellum eras."
—Jon Butler, The American Jewish Archives Journal
"[…] Haven of Liberty is an expertly researched book written in fluid and engaging prose. It also includes a stunning visual essay by Diana L. Linden on the material culture of the city’s early Jewish community with thirty-two images. Rock’s book is highly recommended reading, not just for students of modern Jewish history, but for all scholars interested in religion’s role in the development of American culture.”
—Journal of the Early Republic
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