This page will be updated with information about Summer Scholar syllabi and research projects following the institute.


Specific readings for “Privilege and Prejudice” can be found under the individual days in this website’s schedule pages for Week One and Week Two.

See below for a list of core readings. For additional recommended titles and a topical list of research materials, click here.

• Ben-Ur, Aviva. “Jews of Savannah in Atlantic Perspective.” In The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Perspectives, eds. Sina Rauschenbach and Jonathan Schorsch (forthcoming, 2018).
• Blight, David W. “Regeneration and Reconstruction.” In Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002, 31–63.
• Cohen, Michael R. “Timing is Everything.” In Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era. New York University Press, 2017. 82-123.
• Davis, Marni. “Despised Merchandise: American Jewish Liquor Entrepreneurs and Their Critics.” In Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter with American Capitalism, ed. Rebecca Kobrin. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012: 113–140.
• Evans, Eli N. “The War Between Jewish Brothers in America.” In Jews and the Civil War, ed. Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn. New York University Press, 2010: 27–46.
• Ferris, Marcie C. “Introduction,” “Outsiders: Travelers and Newcomers Encounter the Early South,” and “Branding the Edible New South.” In The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2014: 1–5, 7–22, 188–212.
• Ferris, Marcie C. “Feeding the Jewish Soul in the Delta Diaspora,” Southern Cultures 10:3 (Fall 2004): 52–85.
• Gilroy, Paul. “The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture.” In The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. New York: Verso, 1993: 1–40
• Glatthaar, Joseph T. Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Pres, 2011.
• Goldstein, Eric L. “‘Now is the Time to Show Your True Colors’: Southern Jews, Whiteness, and the Rise of Jim Crow.” In Jewish Roots in Southern Soil, eds. Marcie Ferris Cohen and Mark I. Greenberg. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2006: 134–155.
• Heyrman, Christine. “Prologue: Canaan’s Language.” Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997: 3–27.
• Johnson, Charles. “The End of the Black American Narrative.” The American Scholar (Summer 2008).–end–of–the–black–american–narrative/.
• Joselit, Jenna Weissman. “Land of Promise: The Eastern European Jewish Experience in South Carolina.” In A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life, eds. Theodore Rosengarten and Dale Rosengarten. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002: 22–30.
• Joselit, Jenna Weissman. “Kitchen Judaism.” In The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880–1950. NY: Hill and Wang, 1994: 171–218.
• Korn, Bertram W. American Jewry and the Civil War. (1951). Reprint, With introduction by Allen Nevins. Jewish Publication Society, 2009.
• Korn, Bertram W. “Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South, 1789–1865,” Jews and the Civil War, Jonathan D. Sarna and Adam Mendelsohn, eds. New York University Press, 2010: 87–122.
• Kruse, Kevin. “The City Too Busy to Hate: Atlanta and the Politics of Progress.” White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. Princeton University Press, 2005: 19–41.
• Lassiter, Matthew D. and Joseph Crespino, eds. “Introduction: The End of Southern History.” The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, 3–24.
• Robert Liberles, “Conflict over Reforms: The Case of Congregation Beth Elohim, Charleston, South Carolina,” in The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed, ed. Jack Wertheimer. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003, 274–292.
• Melnick, Ralph. “Billy Simons: The Black Jew of Charleston.” American Jewish Archives 32 (April 1980): 3–8.
• Morris, J. Brent. “Constructing Reconstruction: Race, Memory, and the Post–bellum Divide.” In The Routledge Handbook of the American South, ed. Maggi Morehouse. New York: Routledge, 2016. 206-219.
• Oral History Archives. In Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library.–history–archives/
• Rabin, Shari. “Mohelim, not Missionaries: Insider and Outsider Bodies in Southern Religious History,” Journal of Southern Religion 18 (2016):
• Reimers, David M. “Asian Immigrants in the South.” In Globalization and the American South, eds. James Charles Cobb and William Whitney Stueck. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005: 100–134.
• Rockoff, Stuart. “Carpetbaggers, Jacklegs, and Bolting Republicans: Jews in Reconstruction Politics in Ascension Parish, Louisiana.” American Jewish History 97:1 (March 2013): 39–64.
• Rosengarten, Dale. “Sanctified by War: A Tale of Two Silver Baskets,” in Southern Cultures 23:3 (Fall 2017),
• Rosengarten, Theodore and Dale Rosengarten, eds. “Little Jerusalem” and “Pledging Allegiance.” In A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002: 145–179.
• Sarna, Jonathan D. “Port Jews in the Atlantic: Further Thoughts.” Jewish History 20:2 (2006): 213–19.
• “South Carolina Jews Tell Their Stories.” In Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library.–carolina–jews–tell–their–stories/
• Webb, Clive. Fight against Fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003. 114-216.
• Webb, Clive. “Jewish Merchants and Their Black Customers in the Age of Jim Crow” in Southern Jewish History 2 (1999): 55–80.
• Weissbach, Lee Shai. “Introduction,” Jewish Life in Small–Town America: A History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. 1-11.
• Winner, Lauren F. “Taking Up the Cross: Conversion among Black and White Jews in the Civil War South.” In Southern Families at War, ed. Catherine Clinton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000: 193–210.
• Woodward, C. Vann. “The Irony of History.” The Burden of Southern History (1960). Updated third edition: foreword by William E. Leuchtenburg. Louisiana State University Press, 2008: 187–212.
• Zola, Gary P. “Why Study Southern Jewish History?” Southern Jewish History 1 (1998): 1–21.
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