Jews and the American South

Jews have had a presence in what came to be known as the South since the late seventeenth century. When viewed from the perspective of its Jewish residents, the South emerges in new light, as a place not only of rural spaces, rigid racial divisions, and Christian uniformity, but of urban settings, shifting dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, and diverse groups laying claim to southern belonging. This project is the first scholarly survey of southern Jewish history, bringing its materials into conversation with recent historical scholarship and the conceptual frameworks of religious studies. This book, under contract with Princeton University Press and supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is currently in progress.