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In Jewish Communities on the Ohio River , Amy Hill Shevitz chronicles the settlement and development of Jewish communities along the river. In these small towns, Jewish citizens created networks of businesses and families that developed into a distinctive, nineteenth-century middle-class culture. As a minority group with a vital role in each community, Ohio Valley Jews fostered religious pluralism as they constructed a regional identity. Their contributions to the culture and economy of the region countered the anti-Semitic sentiments of the period. Shevitz discusses the associations among the towns and the big cities of the region, especially Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Jewish Communities on the Ohio River demonstrates how the circumstances of a specific region influenced the evolution of American Jewish life.
|Publication date:||17th August 2007|
|Author:||Amy Hill Shevitz|
|Publisher:||The University Press of Kentucky|
|Categories:||History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social & cultural history,|
Amy Hill Shevitz is professor of religious studies at California State University, Northridge.More About Amy Hill Shevitz