New York Jews and the Civil War

The Beginnings of a New Era

38 pages

2 b/w photographs

September, 2014

ISBN: 9781479827992



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Part of the New York Voices series


Howard B. Rock is a Professor of History Emeritus at Florida International University. He is winner of the 2012  Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, National Jewish Book Council and the 2012 Runner-Up for the Dixon Ryan Manuscript Award presented by the New York Historical Association for Haven of Liberty: New York Jews in the New World, 1654-1865. He is also the author or editor of five other books, including Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images, written with Deborah Dash Moore. 

All books by Howard B. Rock

The Civil War, a watershed event in American history, marked a climactic moment in the history of New York’s Jewish community. Jews served and died on the battlefield, attended to wounded soldiers, sewed uniforms for soldiers and mourned the death of their President with as much depth as the Christian population. Never had American citizenship felt more compatible with  Jewish identity, and never were the rewards of a newfound industrialized American prosperity more within reach. Howard Rock tells the tale of this important era in Jewish history, which would transform New York City Jews into the largest Jewish community in the world.


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