Narrating the life of Jews in Memphis from the antebellum period through the 1960s, Selma S. Lewis artfully blends discussions of the Jewish community's proactive impact on the city's development with its reactions to events local, national and international. She vividly highlights their roles in and responses to the Civil War, late nineteenth century immigration, Zionism, the world wars, the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement. The result in an important work of Jewish, American and Southern religious history.
As both a historian and a member of the community about which she writes, Selma S. Lewis narrates the life of Jews in Memphis from the antebellum period through the civil rights movements of the 1960s. She poignantly describes the origins and development of a healthy relationship between her "biblical people" and the people of the Bible Belt. The result is an important work of Jewish, American, and Southern religious history.
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