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That Pride of Race and Character
Author: Caroline E. Light

ISBN: 9781479854530
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19 June 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.5

"Ithas ever been the boast of the Jewish people, that they support their own poor,"declared Kentucky attorney Benjamin Franklin Jonas in 1856. "Their reasons arepartly founded in religious necessity, and partly in that pride of race andcharacter which has supported them through so many ages of trial andvicissitude." In That Pride of Race andCharacter, Caroline E. Light examines the American Jewish tradition ofbenevolence and charity and explores its southern roots.

Light provides a critical analysis ofbenevolence as it was inflected by regional ideals of race and gender, showinghow a southern Jewish benevolent empire emerged in response to the combinedpressures of post-Civil War devastation and the simultaneous influx of easternEuropean immigration. In an effort to combat the voices of anti-Semitism andnativism, established Jewish leaders developed a sophisticated and cutting-edgenetwork of charities in the South to ensure that Jews took care of thoseconsidered "their own" while also proving themselves to be exemplary whitecitizens. Drawing from confidential case files and institutio...

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