Jewish Communities on the Ohio River A History

by Amy Hill Shevitz

Jewish Communities on the Ohio River A History Synopsis

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.

Jewish Communities on the Ohio River A History Press Reviews

An engaging regional history with immense national significance.... An excellent chronicle of the minority experience in small-town America. - Ava F. Kahn, author of Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush

Book Information

ISBN: 9780813124308
Publication date: 17th August 2007
Author: Amy Hill Shevitz
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social & cultural history,

About Amy Hill Shevitz

Amy Hill Shevitz is professor of religious studies at California State University, Northridge.

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