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Monumental in scope and intensity, this vibrantly special chronicle sweeps from New Amsterdam of 1654, the place Brazilian Jewish refugees tested a beachhead sooner or later manhattan, to the Nineteen Eighties crusade to resettle Soviet Jews within the usa. within the such a lot complete and revealing account to this point of the saga of yankee Jewry, George Washington college historian Sachar explores how Jews confronted the problem of retaining their ancient crew id inside of a widening matrix of Americanization. He charts the contributions of Jews from the innovative warfare to the California Gold Rush of 1849 to hard work activism and Tin Pan Alley. He additionally profiles ratings of influential Jews starting from Samuel Gompers to Alfred Heinz (Henry) Kissinger. Sachar ( A historical past of Israel ) contains relatively incisive sections on American Jews' heated divisions over Zionism, the efforts to rescue Europe's Jews from Nazism, black-Jewish family members and the Jews' effect on American tradition. This soaking up narrative unfolds a fantastic epic of immigration, popularity, acculturation and reaffirmed id within the face of institutionalized discrimination.

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A journalist reporting from Holly Springs, Mississippi, described one colorbearer as “a young lady of fourteen summers, dressed in a military frock, cap, stockinet leggins and gaiter-boots. ”9 Indeed it was hard not to notice the women who participated in the ceremonies, as they were so highly and uncommonly visible. Soldiers’ departure to the front gave white Southern women an opening into a political world that had been utterly closed to them in a region where the civic networks into which Northern women had made inroads were lacking.

Volunteers, complained an officer who traveled with one company from Georgia to Virginia, had “the insane idea . . ”15 Just as in the ceremonies back home, women continued to figure prominently among the crowds. Mary Chesnut described “parties of girls” who “came to every station simply to look at the troops passing,” and Myra Inman, the teenage daughter of a slaveholding family in east Tennessee, recorded in her diary regular outings to watch the troops passing by. Lizzie Hardin, a twenty-two-year-old Confederate from Kentucky, was in Abingdon, Virginia, when troops began streaming to the front.

The enlistees, many of whom were recruited from the city’s jails, were clad in strikingly colorful uniforms and strange-looking hats. ”28 The Zouaves began their journey by hijacking their train and leaving the officers’ car stuck on the rails. Arriving in Montgomery, Alabama, they embarked on an orgy of looting, drinking, and destroying civilian property. After having been forced to board the train to Richmond, they went wild in the cars, some riding on the roofs and others between coaches. 29 By September Louisianans had attained the kind of noto- Nation Building on the Road 27 riety that induced civilians to stop them from coming into their homes.

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