The Union army was as diverse as the nation it sought to preserve—a mix of ethnicities, religions, and identities. Though historians have parsed the trials and triumphs of Irish, Germans, African Americans, and others in the Union ranks, they have remained largely silent on the everyday experiences of Jewish soldiers, the largest non-Christian minority to have served.
“Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War” examines when and why Jews decided to enlist, explores their encounters with fellow soldiers, and describes their efforts to create community within the ranks.
Join the Jewish Heritage Center for a fascinating program with author Adam D. Mendelsohn in conversation with Brandeis professor Jonathan D. Sarna, as they discuss Mendelsohn’s acclaimed new book about the stories and struggles of the Union Army’s Jewish soldiers.+ More... - Less...
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