"Dedicated to 19th Century Jewish-American history, poetry and fiction, polemics and philosophy," this site provides an omnibus of historical materials relating to Jewish contributions to nineteenth-century American history with an emphasis upon the settlement of the West and the Civil War. Primary documents here include letters, memoirs, and slavery polemics of both Union and Confederate Jewish-Americans; the full-length chronicles of a Jewish-American artist's journey with Col. Fremont's Last Expedition "across the Rocky Mountains; including three months' residence in Utah, and a perilous trip across the Great American Desert to the Pacific;" and more. There are also secondary materials including book reviews of recent historical monographs on the history of the theological struggles between factions in the Jewish-American faith and articles detailing the lives of prominent Jewish-Americans of the time. An independent amateur historian maintains the site, and not all materials are as well introduced or contextualized as others. But for the interested user, it's that mythical chest in the attic -- full of items, some useless, others invaluable.
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