Jews Across the Amer­i­c­as: A Source­book, 1492 – Present

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September 1, 2021

Jews Across the Amer­i­c­as is a ground­break­ing source­book cap­tur­ing the his­tor­i­cal diver­si­ty and cul­tur­al breadth of Amer­i­can Jews across Latin Amer­i­ca, the Caribbean, Cana­da, and the Unit­ed States. Fea­tur­ing pri­ma­ry doc­u­ments as well as schol­ar­ly inter­pre­ta­tions, Jews Across the Amer­i­c­as builds upon new devel­op­ments in Jew­ish Stud­ies, engag­ing with transna­tion­al­ism, race, sex­u­al­i­ty, and gen­der, and high­light­ing the lived expe­ri­ences of those often left out of Jew­ish history.

Jews Across the Amer­i­c­as fea­tures an impres­sive­ly broad and far-reach­ing range of his­tor­i­cal sources, includ­ing arti­facts and objects that have not pre­vi­ous­ly been fea­tured as inte­gral to Jew­ish his­to­ry in the West­ern hemi­sphere. Entries teach read­ers how to under­stand every­thing from wills and adver­tise­ments to ser­mons, as well as how to inter­pret pho­tographs, domes­tic archi­tec­ture, and comics. Whether it’s a recipe that blends Moroc­can and Ama­zon­ian food­ways from Brazil, or a text about the first non-bina­ry Jew to cross the Atlantic in the eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry, each entry broad­ens our under­stand­ing of Jew­ish Amer­i­can history.

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